The Risk Typology of Healthcare Access and its Association with Unmet Healthcare Needs in Asian Americans




Jang, Yuri
Park, Nan Sook
Yoon, Hyunwoo
Huang, Ya-Ching
Rhee, Min-Kyoung
Chiriboga, David A.
Kim, Miyong T.

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Using data from the 2015 Asian American Quality of Life Survey (N = 2,609), latent profile analysis was conducted on general (health insurance, usual place for care and income) and immigrant-specific (nativity, length of stay in the U.S., English proficiency and acculturation) risk factors of healthcare access. Latent profile analysis identified a three-cluster model (low-risk, moderate-risk and high-risk groups). Compared with the low-risk group, the odds of having an unmet healthcare need was 1.52 times greater in the moderate-risk group and 2.24 times greater in the high-risk group. Challenging the myth of model minority, the present sample of Asian Americans demonstrates its vulnerability in access to healthcare. Findings also show the heterogeneity in healthcare access risk profiles.



access to healthcare, latent profiling, unmet healthcare needs, Asian Americans, Social Work


Jang, Y., Park, N. S., Yoon, H., Huang, Y., Rhee, M., Chiriboga, D. A., & Kim, M. T. (2018). The risk typology of healthcare access and its association with unmet healthcare needs in Asian Americans. Health and Social Care in the Community, 26(1), pp. 72–79.


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