TitleRacial and Ethnic Discrimination, Medical Mistrust, and Satisfaction with Birth Control Services among Young Adult Latinas.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsOakley, LP, Harvey, SM, López-Cevallos, DF
JournalWomens Health Issues
Date Published08/2018
KeywordsAdult, Contraception, Contraceptive Agents, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Oregon, Patient Satisfaction, Personal Satisfaction, Quality of Health Care, Racism, Trust, Young Adult

BACKGROUND: Racial/ethnic discrimination and medical mistrust contribute to disparities in use of and satisfaction with health care services. Previous work examining the influence of discrimination and medical mistrust on health care experiences has focused primarily on African Americans. Despite the finding that Latinas report lower rates of contraceptive use than White women, little is known about the influence of these factors on health care satisfaction, specifically satisfaction with contraceptive services, among Latina women.

METHODS: We conducted computer-assisted interviews with 254 Latina women aged 18 to 25 living in rural communities in Oregon. Only the 211 women who reported ever receiving birth control services answered the question regarding satisfaction with birth control services and were included in the analytic sample. Using multivariable logistic regression models, we explored the relationship between medical mistrust and everyday discrimination on satisfaction with birth control services, accounting for relevant factors.

RESULTS: More than 80% of the total sample reported ever seeing a health care provider for birth control services and of these women, 75% reported being very or extremely satisfied with their birth control services. Latinas who reported higher levels of medical mistrust and racial/ethnic discrimination reported being less satisfied with birth control services. After adjusting for perceived barriers to accessing contraceptive services and other relevant factors, only perceived barriers and racial/ethnic discrimination remained significantly associated with satisfaction.

CONCLUSIONS: This study contributes to the growing understanding of the pervasive effects that racial/ethnic discrimination and medical mistrust have on satisfaction with health services among Latinas in the United States.

Alternate JournalWomens Health Issues
PubMed ID29729838
Grant ListU01 DP000123 / DP / NCCDPHP CDC HHS / United States
R25 HL105430 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States