Date of Award

12-1-2006

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Health Management and Policy

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Kristine Lykens

Second Advisor

Jeffrey Talbert

Third Advisor

Tim Strawderman

Abstract

Wittenmyer, Brian F., A Study of Disparities in the Receipt of Anti-Retroviral Drugs, Health Status, and Insurance Coverage among a Sample of HIV-Positive Adults. Master of Public Health (Health Management and Policy), December 2006, 88 pp., 8 tables, references, 32 titles. Anti-retroviral medications (ARV) are effective at treating HIV/AIDS. Medicare, Medicaid, and ADAP are public programs that supply ARVs to needy patients in the U.S. Studies have documented dispartities in AIDS incidence/prevalence, insurance, and ARV-use. The study described demographic, clinical, and insurance characteristics of a sample of HIV+ persons. The study explored relationships between AIDS diagnosis, health status, and ARV-receipt and demographic, insurance, and clinical variables. Disparities in ARV-receipt, AIDS diagnosis, and health-status were found for gender, age, race, geographic region, and SES. Policy recommendations included: shortening the disability waiting-period for Medicare-eligibility, and relaxing Medicaid’s income-eligibility requirements.

Comments

Wittenmyer, Brian F., A Study of Disparities in the Receipt of Anti-Retroviral Drugs, Health Status, and Insurance Coverage among a Sample of HIV-Positive Adults. Master of Public Health (Health Management and Policy), December 2006, 88 pp., 8 tables, references, 32 titles. W 4.5 W829S 2006

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