Nonemergency Visits to Hospital Emergency Rooms: A Comparison of Blacks and Whites

Both blacks and whites go to hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency health problems. Age, marital status, and health conditions are significant sociodemographic determinants for blacks’ visits on these occasions, while those for whites include sex, age, education, insurance, employment status, region of residence, and health conditions. Despite the significant differences in determinants, similar influences bear on the two groups’ decision to utilize medical services generally. Discrete analyses are still needed of cultural and interracial variation affecting the use of health facilities, together with intensive assessment of community characteristics in which the facilities are located, especially among black populations.

Author(s): Shelley I. White-Means; Michael C. Thornton

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Volume 67, Issue 1 (pages 35–57)
Published in 1989