Date of Award

8-1-2006

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Primary Care Clinical Research

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Kristine Lykens

Second Advisor

Russell Gamber

Third Advisor

Jeffrey Talbert

Abstract

Lancaster, Scott Bradley, Characteristics of Primary Care Physicians Serving in Texas Medically Underserved Areas, 2005. Master of Public Health (Health Management and Policy), May 2006, 63 pp., 13 tables, bibliography, 59 titles. Primary care physician demographics were examined to determine if subgroups differed in choice of practice location in urban and rural Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) in Texas. Compared with the overall proportion of physicians practicing in rural MUAs (8.8%), subgroups that significantly differed were Dos (13.5%), males (10.6%), general practitioners (19.4%), family physicians (12.4%), and graduates of medical school prior to or during 1960 (18.8%) and from 1961-1970 (11.2%). Compared with the overall proportion of physicians practicing in urban MUAs (23.2%), subgroups that significantly differed were females (25%), Blacks (29.7%), and Latinos (38.7). Binary logistic regression showed that Asian ethnicity, general practice specialty, and graduate year of 1961-1970 predicted MUA practice location. The statistically significant differences observed underscore the importance of further study to examine potential differences between rural and urban MUAs. Public policy that provides incentives for more equitable physician distribution should be based on sound research.

Comments

Lancaster, Scott Bradley, Characteristics of Primary Care Physicians Serving in Texas Medically Underserved Areas, 2005. Master of Public Health (Health Management and Policy), May 2006, 63 pp., 13 tables, bibliography, 59 titles

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