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Upendra Bhojani, Thriveni S Beerenahalli, Roopa Devadasan, C M Munegowda, Narayanan Devadasan, Bart Criel, Patrick Kolsteren
BACKGROUND: The burden of chronic conditions is high in low- and middle-income countries and poses a significant challenge to already weak healthcare delivery systems in these countries. Studies investigating chronic conditions among the urban poor remain few and focused on specific chronic conditions rather than providing overall profile of chronic conditions in a given community, which is critical for planning and managing services within local health systems. We aimed to assess the prevalence and health- seeking behaviour for self-reported chronic conditions in a poor neighbourhood of a metropolitan city in India...
2013: BMC Health Services Research
Lena M C Andersson, Isabell Schierenbeck, Johanita Strumpher, Gunilla Krantz, Kegan Topper, Gunilla Backman, Esmeralda Ricks, Dalena Van Rooyen
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the help-seeking behaviour and barriers to care among people with depression in poor resource settings in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional population-based study including 977 persons aged 18-40 living in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. The prevalence of depression was investigated with the help of a questionnaire (the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview). Several socio-economic variables, statements on help-seeking and perceptions of earlier mental health care were included...
November 2013: Journal of Affective Disorders
Linda Rae Bennett, Budi Wiweko, Aucky Hinting, I B Putra Adnyana, Mulyoto Pangestu
BACKGROUND: Indonesia has high levels of biological need for infertility treatment, great sociological and psychological demand for children, and yet existing infertility services are underutilized. Access to adequate comprehensive reproductive health services, including infertility care, is a basic reproductive right regardless of the economic circumstances in which individuals are born into. Thus, identifying and implementing strategies to improve access to assisted reproductive technology (ART) in Indonesia is imperative...
2012: Reproductive Health
N B Hoa, E W Tiemersma, D N Sy, N V Nhung, M Vree, M W Borgdorff, F G J Cobelens
OBJECTIVE: To assess health-seeking behaviour among adults with prolonged cough in a population-based, nationally representative sample in Vietnam. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey conducted from September 2006 to July 2007. All inhabitants aged ≥15 years were invited for screening for cough, history of tuberculosis (TB) treatment and chest X-ray (CXR) examination. TB suspects, defined as any survey participant with CXR abnormalities consistent with TB, or productive cough for more than 2 weeks or TB treatment either currently or in the preceding 2 years submitted sputum specimens for smear examination and culture and provided information on health-seeking behaviour in an in-depth interview...
October 2011: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Ardeshir Sepehri, Saeed Moshiri, Wayne Simpson, Sisira Sarma
Understanding the factors affecting the utilization of health services is essential for health planners, especially in low income countries where increasing access to and use of health services is one of the main policy goals of government. While much has been written on adult health-seeking behaviour, there is comparatively little known about the influence of the broader context such as the effects of family and community on individual use of health care services in low income countries. Using Vietnam's latest National Household Survey data, this paper empirically assesses the influence of individual- and household-level factors on the use of health care services, while controlling for the unobserved household-level effects...
November 2008: Health Policy and Planning
Syed Masud Ahmed, Göran Tomson, Max Petzold, Zarina Nahar Kabir
OBJECTIVE: To study the health-seeking behaviour of elderly members (aged > 60 years) of households in rural Bangladesh, to ascertain how their behaviour differs from that of younger people (aged 20-59 years) living in the same household and to explore the determinants of health-seeking behaviour. METHODS: Structured interviews were conducted to elicit information on the health-seeking behaviour of household members aged > 20 years. Respondents were asked about major illnesses occurring within 15 days prior to the interview...
February 2005: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Babar T Shaikh, Juanita Hatcher
There is a growing literature on health seeking behaviours and the determinants of health services utilization especially in the context of developing countries. However, very few focused studies have been seen in Pakistan in this regard. This paper presents an extensive literature review of the situation in developing countries and relates the similar factors responsible for shaping up of a health seeking behaviour and health service utilization in Pakistan. The factors determining the health behaviours may be seen in various contexts: physical, socio-economic, cultural and political...
March 2005: Journal of Public Health
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