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The need for linking healthcare-seeking behavior and health policy in rural Nepal.

Authors
  • Jimba, Masamine
  • Poudyal, Amod K
  • Wakai, Susumu
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2003
Volume
34
Issue
2
Pages
462–463
Identifiers
PMID: 12971581
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In Nepal, little emphasis has been placed on the need to link healthcare-seeking behavior (HCSB) with health policy. The purpose of this study is to identify the HCSB of 405 households that were randomly selected from 28 communities in a hilly region of central Nepal. In assessing HCSB, we found that some form of illness strikes about 50% of households each year. When rural Nepalese are moderately or severely ill, they seek healthcare from traditional healers first, before visiting other health workers. Mild illnesses are treated at home. To improve the health of the rural population, health planners should recognize these realities and incorporate them into the development of health policies.

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