Dr Richa Mishra

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  • Although, majority among both males and females had gone to Government hospital for HIV testing but proportion of female patients was more than that of the males
  • Dr Richa Mishra

    1. 1. A STUDY ON HEALTH SEEKING BEHAVIOUR OF PEOPLE ATTENDING ART CENTRE<br /> Dr. Richa Mishra1, Dr M.A.Khan2, Dr. Shama Shaikh3, <br />Dr. K.Parveen4, Dr. M.A.Hassan5, Dr. (Mrs.) S. Dwivedi,6<br />1. J R- III, Community Medicine,<br />2. Lecturer(Statistics), Community Medicine,<br />3. Lecturer, Community Medicine,<br />4. Assistant Professor, Community Medicine,<br />5. Associate Professor, Community Medicine,<br />6. Prof. & Head, Department of Community Medicine, <br /> M.L.N. Medical College , Allahabad, U.P.<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />The health seeking behaviour of people living with HIV/AIDS is affected by various stigma and discrimination which discourage them from seeking care. <br />Better understanding of these and other barriers to health-seeking behavior could increase the use of services.<br />Therefore it is important to study the health seeking behaviour of people living with HIV/AIDS.<br />
    3. 3. Aims & objectives<br />To study the health seeking behaviour of people attending ART Centre.<br />
    4. 4. Material and Methods<br />This study was conducted atART Centre (Antiretroviral Treatment Centre), SwaroopRani Nehru Hospital, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad. <br />Study design:<br /> Cross sectional study.<br />Sampling Method:<br /><ul><li>Purposive sampling,
    5. 5. Two days (Wednesday and Friday) were randomly selected.
    6. 6. 4-5 patients were interviewed randomly on every Wednesday and Friday during the twelve months study period in 2009-2010.
    7. 7. Total 450 patients were interviewed.</li></li></ul><li>Material and Methods contd…<br />Study Subjects:<br /> The patients coming to ART Centre were study subjects.<br />Exclusion criteria:<br /> The patients who were ≤ 10 years.<br /> The patients who were not willing to participate in the study.<br />Statistical Analysis:<br /> The data collected was analyzed using statistical software, SPSS Ver. 16.<br />
    8. 8. Table 1: Socio-demographic Profile<br />
    9. 9. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre based on their literacy status<br />
    10. 10. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre based on their initial employment status<br />
    11. 11. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre according to their socioeconomic status (B.G. Prasad Socio economic classification, I-V)<br />
    12. 12. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre based on their marital status<br />
    13. 13. Table 2: Distribution of patients based on their choices <br /> of first consulting place/person and their literacy <br /> status<br />χ2=12.2, df=3, P<0.05<br />
    14. 14. Table 3: Distribution of patients based on their choices of first <br /> consulting place/person and their socio- economic status<br />χ2= 42.1, df=1, p<0.001<br />
    15. 15. Table 4 : Distribution of patients based on their <br /> place of HIV Test<br />
    16. 16. Fig : Distribution of patients based on their referral to ART Centre<br />
    17. 17. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre according to drug intake<br />
    18. 18. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre, based on their visit to second health facility<br />
    19. 19. Table 5: Distribution of patients according to their <br /> reasons for visiting the second health facility:<br />
    20. 20. Conclusion<br /><ul><li>It was found that majority of the patients attending the ART Centre were from rural background and belonged to low socio economic status.
    21. 21. Majority preferred Government health facility for HIV Testing and seeking treatment.
    22. 22. Majority of the patients were taking drugs from ART Centre and were relieved of their symptoms.
    23. 23. Those who sought a second health facility were very few in number and majority of them had gone there for consultation.</li></li></ul><li>Thanks<br />

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