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Comparison of Mental Health Service Utilization by Asian Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites versus Their Cardiovascular Care Utilization



Abstract

Introduction: This study will determine whether racial/ethnic disparities persist in various psychiatric disorders among Asian Americans.

Methods: Secondary analyses of data from the second largest public health system in the US (total N=22294) were performed. Chi-squared statistics were used to compare the race for mental health service utilization for five psychiatric diagnoses. Cardiovascular care utilization by Asian Americans and non-Hispanic whites was used as a proxy for overall healthcare utilization rates between the two racial groups and constituted the expected values for the analysis.

Results: Asian Americans were less likely to utilize mental health services for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and intellectual disabilities.

Conclusion: The results of this study call for ways to increase mental health service utilization on par with cardiovascular healthcare utilization among Asian Americans.



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Comparison of Mental Health Service Utilization by Asian Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites versus Their Cardiovascular Care Utilization


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Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Animal subjects: All authors have confirmed that this study did not involve animal subjects or tissue. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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Comparison of Mental Health Service Utilization by Asian Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites versus Their Cardiovascular Care Utilization

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    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Animal subjects: All authors have confirmed that this study did not involve animal subjects or tissue. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

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    Published: August 22, 2017

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    10.7759/cureus.1595

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    Woo B K (August 22, 2017) Comparison of Mental Health Service Utilization by Asian Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites versus Their Cardiovascular Care Utilization. Cureus 9(8): e1595. doi:10.7759/cureus.1595

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    Received by Cureus: August 05, 2017
    Peer review began: August 17, 2017
    Peer review concluded: August 18, 2017
    Published: August 22, 2017

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Abstract

Introduction: This study will determine whether racial/ethnic disparities persist in various psychiatric disorders among Asian Americans.

Methods: Secondary analyses of data from the second largest public health system in the US (total N=22294) were performed. Chi-squared statistics were used to compare the race for mental health service utilization for five psychiatric diagnoses. Cardiovascular care utilization by Asian Americans and non-Hispanic whites was used as a proxy for overall healthcare utilization rates between the two racial groups and constituted the expected values for the analysis.

Results: Asian Americans were less likely to utilize mental health services for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and intellectual disabilities.

Conclusion: The results of this study call for ways to increase mental health service utilization on par with cardiovascular healthcare utilization among Asian Americans.



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Benjamin K. Woo, M.D.

UCLA

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bewoo@dhs.lacounty.gov

Benjamin K. Woo, M.D.

UCLA

For correspondence:
bewoo@dhs.lacounty.gov