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Disparities in the utilisation of preventive health services by the employment status: an analysis of 2007-2012 South Korean national survey

Kim, SangJune, Song, Jee Hey, Oh, Yoo Min and Park, Sang Min (2018) Disparities in the utilisation of preventive health services by the employment status: an analysis of 2007-2012 South Korean national survey. PLOS ONE, 13 (12). ISSN 1932-6203

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Identification Number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207737

Abstract

Objectives This study aims to investigate the differences in the utilisation of preventive health services among standard, nonstandard workers, the self-employed, and unpaid family workers. Methods We used the 4th and 5th Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationwide survey conducted from the year 2007 to 2012. Economically active workers between the ages of 25 and 64 were grouped into standard, nonstandard, the self-employed, and the unpaid family workers (N = 16,964). Outcome variables are the uptake of preventive health services including influenza vaccination, regular medical check-up, and four types of cancer screenings. We used multivariate logistic models. Results Overall, non-standard workers, the self-employed, and unpaid family workers were less likely to use the preventive health care compared to the standard workers. In particular, the selfemployed were less likely to use all the six services compared to the standard workers and showed the lowest level of uptakes among the four working groups. Moreover, the service uptake of the non-standard workers was lower than that of standard workers in all services; except the colon cancer screening. On the other hand, unpaid family workers showed mixed results. While the uptake of influenza vaccination and regular health screening were lower, participation to the cancer screening was not lower compared to that of standard workers. Conclusion There were gaps in the utilisation of preventive services among workers depending on their employment types. Access to preventive health care services of nonstandard workers, the self-employed, and unpaid family workers should be prioritised.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > Health Policy
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 14:50
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 05:52
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91671

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