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Type: Journal article
Title: Influence of living arrangements on health services utilisation in Australia
Author: Mahmood, M.
Bauze, A.
Lokhorst, J.
Bi, P.
Saniotis, A.
Citation: Australian Health Review, 2012; 36(1):34-38
Publisher: Australian Healthcare Association
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0156-5788
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M. Afzal Mahmood, Anna E. Bauze, Justin T. Lokhorst, Peng Bi and Arthur Saniotis
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The number of people living alone is increasing markedly. Others live as couples only, couples with child(ren) and single adult with child(ren). Health service utilisation could differ for people in different living arrangements as a result of varying levels of risk factors, health status, access to informal care and decision-making for accessing care. OBJECTIVE: To identify the association between living arrangements and health service use. METHODS. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey 2001 data for people 18–65 years old were analysed for household composition and service use. RESULTS: People in various household types differ in terms of their overall use of health services and their use of services by general practitioners. Sex, rurality, socioeconomic status and status of heart condition significantly influenced the use of health services. CONCLUSION: There are implications for health services provision and planning within the context of rapid changes in living arrangements. Additional research is required to explore the reasons to such differences, level of access to informal care, healthcare decision-making processes and consequences of under- or over-utilisation of services.
Keywords: Humans
Health Care Surveys
Residence Characteristics
Middle Aged
Health Services
Young Adult
Rights: © AHHA 2012
DOI: 10.1071/AH10920
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