Portland State University. School of Social Work
Date of Award
Master of Social Work (MSW)
1 online resource (85 p.)
Preventive health services, Medical care -- Utilization, Poor -- Medical care, Medical social work
A reading of recent studies in preventative health care behavior recalls the proverb about the blind men and the elephant: each man is able to describe the part of the animal he is closest to, but none can see, and so none can put their diverse and often contradictory opinions together to come up with an accurate description of the whole elephant. Similarly, in preventative health care studies, each researcher or research group is able to observe the preventative health care utilization patterns of specific populations at particular times, but the conclusions reached are often based on less than complete knowledge. This is especially true of the research into what makes low income people use preventative services in certain ways.
Mahoney, Linda Elmlund, "The utilization of preventive health care services by low income members of a comprehensive prepaid health plan : the impact of outreach services" (1976). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1778.