Scarinci, Isabel C. and Beech, Bettina M. and Watson, Jennifer M.
Objective: To examine the relationship between physician-patient interaction and depression among African-American women. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Participants: 1,411 African-American women completed a mailed 46-item survey on psychological well-being. Main Outcome Measures: The independent variables included demographics and depressive symptomatology as measured by the CESD. The dependent variable was the mean score on an 8-item measure of physician-patient interaction, and other factors associated with physician-patient interaction. Results: Overall, even after accounting for demographic variables, the higher scores on the CES-D were associated with lower scores on physician-patient interaction (B51.11, 95% CI51.06, 1.16). Depression was positively associated with: difficulty in talking to physicians, likelihood of discussing problems with physicians, reporting that a physician had made offensive comments, and the likelihood of changing physicians due to dissatisfaction (all P values ,.01). Conclusions: These results suggest that depressive symptomatology may be an important factor to consider in physicians' interaction with African-American women.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||African American; Depression; Interaction; Physician; Women|
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Mental Health
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|Date Deposited:||07 Dec 2008|
|Last Modified:||24 Jun 2011 12:48|
|Link to this item (URI):||http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1183|
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