Health for all? Patterns and predictors of allied health service use in Australia

Michele Foster, Martin O'Flaherty, Michele Haynes, Geoffrey Mitchell, Terrence Peter Haines

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Abstract

To examine patterns and predictors of allied health service use among the Australian population. Methods Data from the 2007-08 longitudinal National Health Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Australia were used to examine differences in use of allied health services among the population. The survey is based on 15779 adult respondents. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to model the probability of visiting an allied health service contingent on multiple factors of interest. Results Men, less educated people and people from non-English speaking backgrounds were low users compared with other groups. Interestingly, people with type 2 diabetes were substantially higher users compared with people with other chronic diseases, or no reported chronic disease, and ancillary health insurance had a strong positive effect on use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389 - 396
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Health Review
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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