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Table 3 Access to health care services

From: Challenges in access to health services and its impact on quality of life: a randomised population-based survey within Turkish speaking immigrants in London

Access to health care services Turkish Immigrants (Group A) Turkish Cypriots (Group B) Total
   n % n % n %
Registered With GP Yes 296 96.1 107 99.1 403 96.9
  No 12 3.9 1 0.9 13 3.1
Difficulty when getting referrals to a hospital Yes 73 24.7 17 15.9 90 22.3
  No 223 75.3 90 84.1 313 77.7
Difficulty after being referred to a hospital Yes 75 25.3 20 18.7 95 23.6
  No 221 74.7 87 81.3 308 76.4
Not using GP services Yes 55 18.6 23 21.5 78 19.4
  No 241 81.4 84 78.5 325 80.6
Other type of health care services Turkish speaking private GP 23 41.8 7 30.4 30 38.5
  Other private physicians 12 21.8 14 60.9 26 33.3
  Visiting a physician in Turkey or Cyprus 20 36.4 2 8.7 22 28.2
Need for interpretation for health care services Yes 108 36.5 16 15.0 124 30.8
  No 188 63.5 91 85.0 279 69.2
Interpreter for health care services Spouse 19 17.6 1 6.3 20 16.1
  Siblings 5 4.6 0 0.0 5 4.0
  Children 9 8.3 6 37.4 15 12.1
  A family member 4 3.7 3 18.8 7 5.6
  A friend 7 6.5 1 6.3 8 6.6
  Official interpreter/health advocate 64 59.3 5 31.2 69 55.6
Access Index * n 296 107 403
  Mean 5.5 ± 1.3
(2.0-8.0)
6.2 ± 1.2
(2.0-8.0)
5.7 ± 1.3 ††
(2.0-8.0)
  1. p < 0.001, ††p < 0.0001, *A composite index derived from the individual Health Services Access items (higher the index score, better the access to health care services)