Patient Preferences of a Low-Income Hispanic Population for Mental Health Services in Primary Care

Patricia M. Herman, Maia Ingram, Heather Rimas, Scott Carvajal, Charles E. Cunningham

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Abstract

We used a discrete-choice conjoint experiment to model the mental health services preferences of patients of a federally-qualified health center serving a primarily low-income, Hispanic farmworker population in southwestern Arizona. The two attributes that had the largest influence on patient choices (i.e., received the highest importance scores) were where patients receive these services and the language and cultural awareness of the provider who prescribed their treatment. Simulations indicated that the clinic could substantially improve its patients’ welfare with even a single change. The single most effective change in terms of patient preferences would be to offer behavioral health services onsite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)740-749
Number of pages10
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • Conjoint analysis
  • Discrete choice experiment
  • Hispanic
  • Mental health
  • Patient preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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