Indian Journal of Public Health

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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


Sreeparna Ghosh1, Apurba Sinhababu2, Pranita Taraphdar3, Dipta Kanti Mukhopadhyay3, Banamali Sinha Mahapatra2, Akhil Bandhu Biswas5 
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

Correspondence Address:
Dipta Kanti Mukhopadhyay
Assistant Professor, Dept of Community Medicine, B. S. Medical College, Bankura
India

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.


How to cite this article:
Ghosh S, Sinhababu A, Taraphdar P, Mukhopadhyay DK, Mahapatra BS, Biswas AB. A study on care seeking behavior of chest symptomatics in a slum of Bankura, West Bengal.Indian J Public Health 2010;54:42-44


How to cite this URL:
Ghosh S, Sinhababu A, Taraphdar P, Mukhopadhyay DK, Mahapatra BS, Biswas AB. A study on care seeking behavior of chest symptomatics in a slum of Bankura, West Bengal. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2010 [cited 2020 Jul 7 ];54:42-44
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