Resource: Research Brief on Asthma Care and Doctor-Patient Communication

In a January 2009 researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released a Health Policy Research Brief that looked at data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey to examine the disparities in and consequences of experiencing difficulty understanding a doctor among adults with asthma. The findings showed that in California, 90,000 adults with asthma have had problems communicating with their physicians and that asthma patients are more likely to have used urgent care and emergency room services for asthma treatment and are less likely to have received an asthma management plan from their doctor. The research also describes how disparities in education, income, insurance status and race/ethnicity play a significant role in doctor-patient communication.

To view the Research Brief, visit //www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/publication.asp?pubID=318#download.

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