Treatment seeking in reproductive age women with RTIs/STIs: A community based cross-sectional study

M. A. Hussain, S.R. Mishra, S. Kansal, C. P. Mishra, S. K. Jha, H. Hasan

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Abstract

The socio-cultural and economic contexts in developing countries influence the epidemiology or STls and helps in making them an important public health priority. This study was carried out to explore the health care seeking pathway of the women suffering from RTls/STls. influence or major socio-demographic variables on treatment seeking pattern. This cross sectional study was carried out comprising or eight hundred reproductive age (15-49 years) women selected following a multistage sampling procedure. The information pertaining to health seeking behaviour were collected from them using a pre-designed pretested interview schedule. Quantum of RTls/STls in the study group was estimated and symptomatics were asked specially about time lag between appearance of symptoms and seeking acre; reason for not seeking care; outcome of treatment they have taken if any. Out of total 359 subjects with symptoms of RTls/STls only about one-third (37.3%) had sought treatment. Only a few (4.5%) had sought treatment within 1 month of appearance of symptoms. Considering it to be physiological about half of the subjects (45.3%) did not seek treatment. The treatment seeking pattern was highly associated with the level of education (p=0.000). Reluctance in seeking treatment, delay in its initiation, prelerencc for unqualified practitioners in first consultation and significant association between education and treatment seeking pattern emphasize BCC and service provision for control and prevention of RTls/STls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Communicable Diseases
Volume43
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

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