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Which Mexican-Americans underutilize health services?
Am J Psychiatry 1987;144:918-922.
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Data collected from the Los Angeles site of the National Institute of Mental Health Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program were used to examine the utilization of health services in a community population. Mexican- Americans, especially the less acculturated, had significantly lower rates of use of outpatient, but not inpatient, care than non-Hispanic whites. Differences were greater for mental than physical health care. Less acculturated Mexican-Americans made very little use of either mental health specialists or the human services sector (e.g., religious leaders). Among those with a recent psychiatric disorder, non-Hispanic whites were seven times more likely to use outpatient mental health services than the less acculturated Mexican-Americans.

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