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Health care seeking behavior and utilization pattern in an urban slum of mumbai: a cross sectional study

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Dr. Shweta Singh and Dr. Shrikant Kalaskar
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Background: The rising problem of triple burden of diseases among the urban poor in the absence of affordable health care services is a big public health challenge in India. This paper explores the health care seeking behavior and utilization pattern among families residing in the slum areas of Mumbai, India. Methods: Simple random sampling was used to decide the sampling frame of six plots consisted of 1000 households. Data were collected from 15% of these households by choosing the household by systemic random sampling. Results: Apart from the proximate factors such as quality of health care services, distance from home, behavior of the staff; socio-economic factors such as educational status of individual, per capita income has an influence over health seeking behavior of individual. Conclusion: There is a need to focus beyond the factors that are more closely related to health, the distal factors; social determinants of health, which are more closely influencing the health care utilization behavior.

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