A STUDY ON HEALTH SEEKING BEHAVIOUR OF PEOPLE ATTENDING ART CENTRE Dr. Richa Mishra1, Dr M.A.Khan2, Dr. Shama Shaikh3, Dr. K.Parveen4, Dr. M.A.Hassan5, Dr. (Mrs.) S. Dwivedi,6 1. J R- III, Community Medicine, 2. Lecturer(Statistics), Community Medicine, 3. Lecturer, Community Medicine, 4. Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, 5. Associate Professor, Community Medicine, 6. Prof. & Head, Department of Community Medicine, M.L.N. Medical College , Allahabad, U.P.
Introduction The health seeking behaviour of people living with HIV/AIDS is affected by various stigma and discrimination which discourage them from seeking care. Better understanding of these and other barriers to health-seeking behavior could increase the use of services. Therefore it is important to study the health seeking behaviour of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Aims & objectives To study the health seeking behaviour of people attending ART Centre.
Material and Methods This study was conducted atART Centre (Antiretroviral Treatment Centre), SwaroopRani Nehru Hospital, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad. Study design: Cross sectional study. Sampling Method:
Two days (Wednesday and Friday) were randomly selected.
4-5 patients were interviewed randomly on every Wednesday and Friday during the twelve months study period in 2009-2010.
Material and Methods contd… Study Subjects: The patients coming to ART Centre were study subjects. Exclusion criteria: The patients who were ≤ 10 years. The patients who were not willing to participate in the study. Statistical Analysis: The data collected was analyzed using statistical software, SPSS Ver. 16.