Munjeong ChoiHealth Insurance Research Institute Country, Republic of Korea
Title: Association between having primary care physician and preventive health behavior
This study examined the association between having primary care physician and preventive Health Behaviors(Smoking, Heavy Drinking, Moderate Physical activity) in South Korea. We analyzed 2016-2018 Korean Health Panel survey (KHP) of adults aged 19 years or older(n=15,320) using the GEE (Generalized estimating equations) model with log link function. The KHP data contains detailed information about medical visit type, costs and socioeconomic characteristics in individual level. After controlling confounders (Age, Sex, Marital status, Household income, chronic disease, Health insurance), having a primary care physician was positively associated with Smoking and Moderate Physical activity. Smoking was lower at the ‘Having primary care physician’ group compared to ‘Not having primary care physician’ group. (OR: 0.88, 95% Confidence Interval: 0.79–0.97). Moderate physical activity was higher at the ‘Having primary care physician’ group compared to ‘Not having primary care physician’(OR: 1.22 , 95% Confidence Interval: 1.13–1.32 ) However, there were no significant association between having primary care and Heavy Drinking. Results of the study implied that having a primary care may have an effect on improving health behaviors.
Munjeong Choi is currently working as a chief researcher at National Health Insurance Service, South Korea. She obtained her master’s degree in public health from Seoul National University, Korea.