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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-44

A study on care seeking behavior of chest symptomatics in a slum of Bankura, West Bengal


1 Student, Third Professional MBBS: Part-I, Department of Community Medicine, B.S. Medical College, Bankura, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, B.S. Medical College, Bankura, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, B.S. Medical College, Bankura, India
4 Professor, Department of Community Medicine, B.S. Medical College, Bankura, India

Correspondence Address:
Dipta Kanti Mukhopadhyay
Assistant Professor, Dept of Community Medicine, B. S. Medical College, Bankura
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.70553

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A cross-sectional, community based study was undertaken in Patpur slum of Bankura to determine the prevalence of chest symptomatics, their health care seeking Behavior and its correlates. Prevalence of chest symptomatics (cough for 3 weeks or more) was found to be 5.5%, three fourths of whom sought relief from a health care provider. Among them, 70.8% did so within 2 weeks, median being 7 days. No preference for either government or private health care provider was seen in first visit, where the major reason for choosing facilities was advice by family & friends (43.8%). Most of the chest symptomatics (75%) were retained in the same facility. Shift from private to government facility for subsequent visits (33.3%) was higher than from government to private facility (16.7%). The main reason (50%) for changing health facility was expectation for better service.


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