CitationGartner, Danielle R.; Doll, Kemi M.; Hummer, Robert A.; & Robinson, Whitney R. (2018). Contemporary Geographic Variation and Sociodemographic Correlates of Hysterectomy Rates among Reproductive Age Women. Southern Medical Journal, 111(10), 585-590. PMCID: PMC6177230
AbstractObjective: For decades hysterectomy rates have famously demonstrated unexplained geographic variation. The aim of this study was to identify county-level correlates of hysterectomy rates among reproductive aged women.
Methods: Using county-level data from multiple sources, linked with claims-based surveillance data of every hysterectomy performed among women ages 18 to 44 in North Carolina from 2011 to 2013 (N=7,180), we explored social, economic, and healthcare factors associated with county-level rates.
Results: After accounting for spatial autocorrelation, county-level hysterectomy rates were negatively associated with county-level median household income, positively associated with the proportion married, and not associated with measures of healthcare capacity or access.
Conclusion: This analysis provides preliminary evidence that contemporary hysterectomy use in NC occurs along socioeconomic lines.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSouthern Medical Journal
Author(s)Gartner, Danielle R.
Doll, Kemi M.
Hummer, Robert A.
Robinson, Whitney R.