Background: Health Seeking Behaviour (HSB) includes all activities associated with establishing and maintaining physical and mental health. Women tend to engage in less HSB than men, where poverty emerges as a major determinant. Women empowerment through Self Help Groups (SHG)help then to become socially and economically empowered which in turn facilitates better access to health services.
Objective: A study to assess the HSB among SHG members and non-members in rural areas of Coimbatore.
Methods: Descriptive study was done among SHG members and Non-members selected through multi stage sampling technique and a pretested interview schedule was used for data collection.
Results: Nearly 30% of the women belonged to 26-35 years of age in both groups, having primary education and 50% of them were housewives. The main reason for joining the SHG was taking loans and 90% of them have taken more than one loan and used for their business. Nearly 40% of them had government health centres nearby and reached it by bus. About 65% of them reported illness in their family out of which only 25% accessed hospitals for treatment.
Conclusion: It was found that there exists no significant difference in the HSB among the members and non-members of SHG.