Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 20, issue 3, P662-677 2009 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.0.0186 View full text
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Stephen Petterson, Ishan Canty Williams, Emily J. Hauenstein, Virginia Rovnyak, Elizabeth Merwin

Abstract: Objective Research has shown that there is less use of mental health services in rural areas even when availability, accessibility, demographic, and need factors are controlled. This study examined mental health treatment disparities by determining treatment rates across different racial/ethnic groups. Methods Data from the first four panels of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) were used for these analyses. The sample consisted of 36,288 respondents yielding 75,347 person-year observations. The E…

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