Unmet medical needs of patients with benign prostate enlargement

Munjae Lee, Sewon Park, Mankyu Choi, Kyu Sung Lee

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This study aimed to analyze the factors affecting the unmet medical needs of patients with benign prostate enlargement (BPE) based on Andersen’s behavioral model. The data were taken from the 2009–2016 Korea Health Panel Study and 3003 participants were used for analysis. “Unmet medical needs” was used as a dependent variable. Independent variables were predisposing variables: age, educational attainment, and marital status; enabling factors: income, job type, and insurance type; and need factors: lying in a sickbed, activity limitation, subjective health status, and having chronic diseases. Results showed that younger patients experienced a higher probability of unmet medical needs. Those with higher educational attainment had a lower chance of experiencing unmet medical needs. Patients with national health insurance were less likely to experience unmet medical needs. In addition, patients who experienced lying in a sickbed had a higher probability of experiencing unmet medical needs. Therefore, in order to reduce the unmet medical needs of patients with BPE, it is necessary to allow patients to be treated early and give them accurate information about the disease. In addition, access to medical care should be strengthened through continuous care focused on primary care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number895
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr

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  • Andersen’s behavioral model
  • Benign prostate enlargement
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Community care
  • Korea
  • Unmet medical needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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