Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754

Full Length Research Paper

Social determinants of using healthcare services by Spanish women with disabilities

María-Leticia Meseguer-Santamaría1*, José Mondéjar-Jiménez2 and Manuel Vargas-Vargas1
1Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain. 2Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 13 September 2010
  •  Published: 18 September 2010


Historically, women with disabilities perceive their health status as worse than women without disabilities. Also, women with disabilities require healthcare at higher rates than nondisabled women and are at increased risk of developing secondary conditions if their healthcare needs are not met. For these reasons, the main aim of this paper is to evaluate the impact of several social factors in the use of healthcare services in Spain by women with disabilities. For measuring the impact of age, social support, familiar function and rurality, using data of a national health survey in Spain, logistic regression models were estimated for six measures of healthcare use. The findings indicate that important differences exist in healthcare use by women with disabilities. This fact is essential to understand their healthcare needs, to help practitioners and policymakers to allocate resources more efficiently, to meet adequately the needs of these women, and to restructure systems of care if necessary.


Key words: Healthcare services, women with disabilities, social factors.