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Perceived barriers to health care and health behaviours: Implications for Native American elders' self-rated health

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Little is known about how Native American adults appraise their health in later life. Perceived barriers to health care and health behaviours were examined among 6813 Native elders to determine their unique associations with self-rated health (SRH). Hierarchical regression results showed inability to access needed medical care predicted poorer SRH. Statistically accounting for sociodemographics and barriers to care, health behaviours predicted SRH. The current findings suggest opportunities to improve Native elders' SRH particularly via exercise and good nutrition. In turn, enhanced SRH may lead to improved quality of life.
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Keywords: Native American elders; ageing; health behaviours; health care barriers; self-rated health

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA 2: Center for Rural Health, School of Medicine, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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