Barriers to preventive health services for minority households in the rural south

J Rural Health. Summer 1996;12(3):206-17. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.1996.tb00795.x.


Health values, behaviors, and status are shaped by place of residence, region, race, and socio-economic status, among other social factors. Consequently, this article examines barriers to preventive health services for lower-income blacks in five rural counties in Georgia. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected through 281 household, 51 community leader, and six focus group interviews. Female respondents who had been pregnant were most likely to have received pregnancy-related services and all respondents least likely to have received vision and dental screenings. Six of the seven types of services inquired about were most likely to have been received in a private practice setting. Primary barriers to preventive service utilization included ability to pay, perception of need, service availability, accessibility of services, and the perception of racism. The relationship between structural and nonstructural barriers, their impact on preventive service utilization, and research recommendations also were developed and presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Georgia
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data
  • Pregnancy
  • Prejudice
  • Prenatal Care / economics
  • Prenatal Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Preventive Health Services / economics
  • Preventive Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Rural Health Services / economics
  • Rural Health Services / statistics & numerical data*