Role of English Proficiency and Area of Residence in the Use of Adult Preventive Health Services Among Latino Subgroups

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August 2005
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October 2007
Little is known about the use of preventive services among Hispanic subgroups residing in rural areas. The present study is exploratory and descriptive. It will analyze the use of preventive health services among Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans and other Latinos and its relationship to language and place of residence (urban vs. rural). The results will be compared to non-Hispanic Whites and non-Hispanic African Americans. We will perform a cross-sectional analysis using data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data for the years 1998, 1999, and 2000. An exploratory analysis, not separating rural from urban residents, suggests differences in preventive health services use across Latino populations, as well as in contrast with other groups.