Gender differences in physician and dental visits among very old persons
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Objectives. To analyze gender differences in care utilization and correlates to utilization among very old people for visits to physicians and dentists.
Methods. Based on non-institutionalized respondents in SWEOLD, a nationally representative interview survey of persons aged 77+ (n=529).
Results: There were no gender differences in physician visits but men were more likely to have visited the dentist than women. Marriage was positively associated with visits to the physician and the dentist for men. Higher education was positively associated with physician visits for men and with dentist visits for women. Men with impaired mobility were less likely to report physician visits than men without mobility problems.
Discussion: Unmarried men may be at a disadvantage for both dental and physician care. Given women’s poorer physical and dental health status, they may be disadvantaged both regarding visits to physician and dentist.
gender differences, health care, dental care, elderly population
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-55280DiVA: diva2:402208