Physician Service Use by Older Adults in New Zealand

Michelle A. Millar, Ross A. Flett, Nikolaos Kazantzis, Nigel R. Long, Carol MacDonald

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The paper presents data on the use of physician services by 354 older adults in New Zealand. Utilization of physician services and predisposing factors were ascertained by structured interview in a cross-sectional sample of men (n = 155) and women (n = 199) aged 60 years or over. Interview responses were used to test the hypothesis that a combination of predisposing, enabling, and need characteristics are better predictors of physician service use, than need characteristics alone. Hierarchical regression results predicting the use of medical services support our hypothesis, underscoring the importance of need and enabling characteristics for service use. Research applying the behavioral model to the use of services among older adults could be enriched by the inclusion of enabling and predisposing characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-135
Number of pages10
JournalThe Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

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