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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

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  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Aims & objectives
    To study the health seeking behaviour of people attending ART Centre.
  • 4. 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:
    • Purposive sampling,
    • 5. Two days (Wednesday and Friday) were randomly selected.
    • 6. 4-5 patients were interviewed randomly on every Wednesday and Friday during the twelve months study period in 2009-2010.
    • 7. Total 450 patients were interviewed.
  • 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.
  • 8. Table 1: Socio-demographic Profile
  • 9. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre based on their literacy status
  • 10. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre based on their initial employment status
  • 11. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre according to their socioeconomic status (B.G. Prasad Socio economic classification, I-V)
  • 12. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre based on their marital status
  • 13. Table 2: Distribution of patients based on their choices
    of first consulting place/person and their literacy
    status
    χ2=12.2, df=3, P<0.05
  • 14. Table 3: Distribution of patients based on their choices of first
    consulting place/person and their socio- economic status
    χ2= 42.1, df=1, p<0.001
  • 15. Table 4 : Distribution of patients based on their
    place of HIV Test
  • 16. Fig : Distribution of patients based on their referral to ART Centre
  • 17. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre according to drug intake
  • 18. Fig : Distribution of patients attending ART Centre, based on their visit to second health facility
  • 19. Table 5: Distribution of patients according to their
    reasons for visiting the second health facility:
  • 20. Conclusion
    • It was found that majority of the patients attending the ART Centre were from rural background and belonged to low socio economic status.
    • 21. Majority preferred Government health facility for HIV Testing and seeking treatment.
    • 22. Majority of the patients were taking drugs from ART Centre and were relieved of their symptoms.
    • 23. Those who sought a second health facility were very few in number and majority of them had gone there for consultation.
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