Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
A study on health care seeking behaviour among elderly in a rural area of eastern Uttar Pradesh
Author(s): Mukesh Shukla, Siraj Ahmad, Brajesh Anand PD, Rakesh Ranjan
Abstract: Introduction: India is projected to experience a rapid increase in its elderly population in upcoming future decades thereby leading to proportionate increase in load of elderly morbidities. Objectives: The purpose of present cross-sectional study was therefore to study health seeking behaviour among elderly in a rural population of Barabanki. Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted in the field practice area of Rural Health and Training Centre, Hind Medical College, Barabanki. A sample size of 782 was chosen by multistage sampling method. A pretested questionnaire was used to collect the data. Data was presented in distribution table and statistical test Chi-square was used to find out the association. Results: A total of 782 individuals were enrolled out of which data of 483 subjects was analysed in case of any illness in the past month and accordingly type of treatment sought for that illness. The proportion of individuals preferring self-medication, traditional methods, paraprofessionals were found to be 7.2%, 16.9% & 24.8% respectively. The difference between no treatment, self-treatment, paraprofessionals traditional health as on and allopathic treatment was significant when stratified by parameters age group, gender, literacy status, religion, caste financial dependency and socio-economic status (p<0.00). Conclusion: On the basis of these findings revealed from the study, it is suggested that apart from developing comprehensive health-care services for elderly, community based strategies are also needed to have full-fledged community participation. There is a need to bring early and proper healthcare seeking in elderly so that the forthcoming complications could be prevented.