Health Care Use and Unmet Needs

Aimee Verrall presenting a poster at APHA 2014Aimee Verrall and Randall Owen presented several posters and presentations at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA this November 2014. Highlights of our findings include:

  • We found interesting differences between who uses health care and who doesn't for people aging with a physical disability. People with worse health status (mobility, pain, number of chronic conditions) were more likely to be users of health care (both primary care and rehabilitation care). People experiencing changes in cognition were less likely to use health care services. Read more.
  • Looking at people who are on Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) in Illinois, we found that regardless of age, people with a physical disability have high unmet needs that should be addressed to support them aging well. Highest unmet needs are for dental care, dietician, and occupational and physical therapy services. Read more.