Nativity Status and Patient Perceptions of the Patient-Physician Encounter: Results From the Commonwealth Fund 2001 Survey on Disparities in Quality of Health Care
Background: Although racial and ethnic differences in healthcare have been extensively documented in the United States, little attention has been paid to the quality of health care for the foreign-born population in the United States.
Objectives: This study examines the association between patient perceptions of the patient-physician interaction and nativity status.
Research Design: Cross-sectional telephone survey.
Subjects: A total of 6674 individuals (US-born ≤ 5156; foreign-born ≤ 1518) 18 years of age and older.
Measures: Seven questions measuring the quality of patient-physician interactions.
Results: Of the 7 outcome variables examined in the unadjusted logistic regression model, only 2 remained statistically significant in the fully adjusted model. For both the total sample and for Asians only, compared with US-born, foreign-born individuals were at greater odds [total sample, odds ratio (OR) ≤ 1.43; 95% confidence interval (CI) ≤ 1. 01ĝ€"2.04; Asians, OR ≤ 3.25; 95% CI ≤ 1.18ĝ€"8.95] of reporting that their physician did not involve them in their care as much as they would have liked. Compared with US-born Asians, foreign-born Asians were at greater odds of reporting that their physician did not spend as much time with them as they would have liked (OR ≤ 4.19; 95% CI ≤ 1.68ĝ€"10.46).
Discussion: Findings from our study suggest that we should not only track disparities by race and ethnicity but also by nativity status.
Dallo, Florence J.; Borrell, Luisa N.; and Williams, Stacey L.. 2008. Nativity Status and Patient Perceptions of the Patient-Physician Encounter: Results From the Commonwealth Fund 2001 Survey on Disparities in Quality of Health Care. Medical Care. Vol.46(2). 185-191. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0b013e318158af29 ISSN: 0025-7079