Factors associated with hispanic underutilization of the Indiana Poison Center

Robert M. Saywell, Terrell W. Zollinger, Komal Kochhar, Calvin Roberson, Barbara L. Cole, James B. Mowry, Javier F Sevilla Martir

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    Abstract

    The estimated annual incidence of poisoning in the United States is 5.3 million. Disparities exist among racial/ethnic groups seeking health care for poisoning. This study was conducted to understand why Hispanics in the Midwest may choose not to use the services of a poison center. Focus groups and informant interviews were conducted with Hispanic participants who resided in the 6 Indiana counties with the highest concentration of Hispanics. Focus group participants knew that poisoning is serious and recited many of the signs and symptoms associated with poisoning. Few were aware of poison centers. Key informants reported that language and communication, lack of knowledge about poison centers, a lack of provider understanding of the Hispanic culture, and low levels of education were major barriers affecting use of poison centers. The Hispanic participants and community leaders were generally unaware of poison centers and provided insight and useful information to better publicize poison center activities among the Hispanic population.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)30-34
    Number of pages5
    JournalHispanic Health Care International
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2009

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    Poisons
    Hispanic Americans
    Poisoning
    Focus Groups
    Ethnic Groups
    Signs and Symptoms
    Language
    Communication
    Interviews
    Delivery of Health Care
    Education
    Incidence
    Population

    Keywords

    • Hispanic
    • Poison center
    • Poison knowledge
    • Poison treatment
    • Utilization

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    • Nursing(all)

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    Saywell, R. M., Zollinger, T. W., Kochhar, K., Roberson, C., Cole, B. L., Mowry, J. B., & Martir, J. F. S. (2009). Factors associated with hispanic underutilization of the Indiana Poison Center. Hispanic Health Care International, 7(1), 30-34. https://doi.org/10.1891/1540-4153.7.1.30

    Factors associated with hispanic underutilization of the Indiana Poison Center. / Saywell, Robert M.; Zollinger, Terrell W.; Kochhar, Komal; Roberson, Calvin; Cole, Barbara L.; Mowry, James B.; Martir, Javier F Sevilla.

    In: Hispanic Health Care International, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2009, p. 30-34.

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    Saywell, RM, Zollinger, TW, Kochhar, K, Roberson, C, Cole, BL, Mowry, JB & Martir, JFS 2009, 'Factors associated with hispanic underutilization of the Indiana Poison Center', Hispanic Health Care International, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 30-34. https://doi.org/10.1891/1540-4153.7.1.30
    Saywell, Robert M. ; Zollinger, Terrell W. ; Kochhar, Komal ; Roberson, Calvin ; Cole, Barbara L. ; Mowry, James B. ; Martir, Javier F Sevilla. / Factors associated with hispanic underutilization of the Indiana Poison Center. In: Hispanic Health Care International. 2009 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 30-34.
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