Access to Medical Services in Korean People With Spinal

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to a control group (CG) and evaluated the influential fac- tors. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Subjects. We compiled data from two surveys conducted by the.

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Access to Medical Services in Korean People With Spinal Cord Injury Article  in  Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine · April 2014 DOI: 10.5535/arm.2014.38.2.174 · Source: PubMed

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Original Article Ann Rehabil Med 2014;38(2):174-182 pISSN: 2234-0645 • eISSN: 2234-0653 http://dx.doi.org/10.5535/arm.2014.38.2.174

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Access to Medical Services in Korean People With Spinal Cord Injury Jeong-Gil Kim, MD, Hyung Seok Nam, MD, Byungkwan Hwang, MD, Hyung-Ik Shin, MD Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea

Objective To investigate the accessibility of medical services for Korean people with spinal cord injury (SCI) compared to the control group (CG) and to evaluate significantly related factors. Methods A total of 363 community dwelling people with chronic SCI were enrolled and 1,089 age- and sexmatched subjects were randomly selected from the general population as the CG. Self-reported access to medical services was measured by asking “Have you experienced the need for a hospital visit in the last year but could not?”. This was followed up by asking the reasons for not receiving services when medically necessary. Variables, including lack of finances, difficulties making medical appointments, and lack of transportation were evaluated for accessibility to medical services. Results Sixty subjects (16.5%) in the SCI group had difficulties receiving medical services due to a lack of accessibility, compared to 45 (4.1%) in the CG (p

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