International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
Open Access | Fully Refereed | Peer Reviewed

ISSN: 2319-7064


Downloads: 177 | Weekly Hits: ⮙1 | Monthly Hits: ⮙1

Research Paper | Medicine Science | India | Volume 5 Issue 11, November 2016


Health Seeking Behaviour of Urban Slum Dwellers in Karad - A Town in Western Maharashtra

Vaidehi G. Velhal, Praksah M. Durgawale


Abstract: Health of an individual is influenced by many factors, including his/her health seeking behaviour. Policy makers need to understand the drivers of health seeking behaviour of the population. Aim and Objectives To find out health seeking behaviour in an urban slum in Karad - a town in western Maharashtra, socio-demographic factors associated with the same and extent of utilisation of public health services. Material and Methods Present study, done during the period February to October 2014, adopting descriptive epidemiological exploratory survey design, included 400 representative families from Agashivnagar slum area in Karad City, under Urban Health Centre, Department of Community Medicine, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences. Preformed, pretested, semi structured interview schedule was used for data collection. Results Females and males respondents are, 275 (68.7 %) and 125 (31.3 %) respectively, mainly in the age group of 18 -40 years. Head of the family (males), are decision makers for health seeking behaviour of family members. Use of Public sector services is admitted by only 196 (49.0 %) individuals. Availability of free services (87, 21.8 %), close distance and fast treatment (80, 20.0 %), cheap (65, 16.3 %), better treatment and facilities (55, 13.7 %), reputed hospital and doctors (50, 12.5 %), effective treatment & convenient place (37, 9.3 %) are important reasons for obtaining services from the places of choice.183 (45.7 %) respondents agreed self medication, mainly for headache, generalised body ache, cough/cold/fever, abdominal pain and acidity problems. Age group (18-40 years), sex (males), religion (Hindu) and educational status (Literates) have shown significant influence on practices of self medication. There is no mention about visiting traditional healer or quack. Conclusion Even though aware about public health services, they remain low at preference level, highlighting scope to enhance their utilization.


Keywords: Health, seeking behaviour, Urban, Slum, Dwell


Edition: Volume 5 Issue 11, November 2016,


Pages: 11 - 15


How to Cite this Article?

Vaidehi G. Velhal, Praksah M. Durgawale, "Health Seeking Behaviour of Urban Slum Dwellers in Karad - A Town in Western Maharashtra", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/get_abstract.php?paper_id=ART20162454, Volume 5 Issue 11, November 2016, 11 - 15

How to Share this Article?

Enter Your Email Address


Similar Articles with Keyword 'Health'

Downloads: 129

Case Studies, Medicine Science, India, Volume 7 Issue 4, April 2018

Pages: 861 - 863

Homoeopathy in a Case of Chronic Tics Disorder

Dr. Ananya O. Chitale

Share this Article

Downloads: 135

Research Paper, Medicine Science, India, Volume 3 Issue 10, October 2014

Pages: 318 - 320

An Epidemiological Study on Health Status of Cement Workers

Saji K. G., Varghese P.R.

Share this Article

Similar Articles with Keyword 'Urban'

Downloads: 129

Case Studies, Medicine Science, India, Volume 7 Issue 4, April 2018

Pages: 861 - 863

Homoeopathy in a Case of Chronic Tics Disorder

Dr. Ananya O. Chitale

Share this Article

Downloads: 105

Research Paper, Medicine Science, India, Volume 4 Issue 5, May 2015

Pages: 1032 - 1034

Prevalence and Factors Influencing Anemia among Adolescent Girls: A Community Based Study

Dr. Mallikarjuna M, Dr. Geetha H H

Share this Article

Similar Articles with Keyword 'Slum'

Downloads: 126

Research Paper, Medicine Science, India, Volume 5 Issue 9, September 2016

Pages: 1228 - 1231

A Study of Factors Related to Child Labor in an Urban Slum

Dr Sujata Vijaysinh Patil, Dr P. M. Durgawale, Dr S. V. Kakade, Dr Harsimran Kaur

Share this Article

Downloads: 127

Research Paper, Medicine Science, India, Volume 6 Issue 4, April 2017

Pages: 1001 - 1005

Effectiveness of Community based Health Education Intervention about Breast Cancer among Women of Reproductive Age Group Residing in Urban Slum Area

Kavita D. Pandit, Dr Prakash M. Durgawale

Share this Article

Similar Articles with Keyword 'Dwell'

Downloads: 107

Case Studies, Medicine Science, India, Volume 3 Issue 10, October 2014

Pages: 596 - 598

A Case Report- Dentigerous Cyst with Ectopic Tooth in Maxillary Sinus of a Child - A Rare Occurrence

Dr. Dimple Sahni, Dr. Girish Sahni

Share this Article

Downloads: 108

Research Paper, Medicine Science, India, Volume 4 Issue 2, February 2015

Pages: 1094 - 1096

The Study of Common Responses of Key Service Providers with Special Reference to Causes of Patient Dissatisfaction in Government Hospital

J. U. Yadav, Deepmala J. Yadav

Share this Article
Top