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Study of health-care seeking behavior of parents for child health problems in an urban slum area of Solapur

Madhura Deepak Mandlik, Santosh J Haralkar, Sanjay M Mulaje, Suresh K Mangulikar.

Abstract
Background: Integrated management of neonatal and childhood illness (IMNCI) considers health-seeking behavior an important determinant in childhood morbidity and envisions an improvement in the behavior. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes health-care seeking as one of the three central components of the IMNCI. A thorough understanding of health-care seeking behavior is of utmost importance in planning and formulating interventions for decreasing childhood morbidities in India.

Objectives: To study the health-care seeking behavior of parents toward child health problems, to study the association between parentís behavior and socioeconomic factors, and also to determine the decision-making person regarding health-care seeking.

Materials and Methods: This was a community-based, descriptive, cross-sectional study, conducted in the urban slum area under Urban Health Training Centre in Solapur city. A sample size of 100 was taken, and data were collected using a questionnaire. Analysis of the data was done using percentage and Chi-square test.

Results: Nearly 56% of parents sought health care from private clinic while only 15% went to an urban health-care center. Only 5% of parents directly went to the pharmacy without consulting a doctor, and 21% treated the children at home. The decision-making authority was mother followed by joint decision by the father and the mother.

Conclusion: Majority of the parents sought health care in a private set up. The time taken to seek care was 1-2 days. There was an association of age and education of father as well as mother to health-care seeking behavior. The decision-making authority was mother.

Key words: Health-care Seeking Behavior; Urban Slum; Maharashtra; Morbidity; Mortality


 
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Mandlik MD, Haralkar SJ, Mulaje SM, Mangulikar SK. Study of health-care seeking behavior of parents for child health problems in an urban slum area of Solapur. Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2017; 6(10): 1503-1508. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2017.0718108082017


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Mandlik MD, Haralkar SJ, Mulaje SM, Mangulikar SK. Study of health-care seeking behavior of parents for child health problems in an urban slum area of Solapur. Int J Med Sci Public Health. (2017), [cited June 20, 2018]; 6(10): 1503-1508. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2017.0718108082017



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Mandlik, M. D., Haralkar, S. J., Mulaje, S. M. & Mangulikar, S. K. (2017) Study of health-care seeking behavior of parents for child health problems in an urban slum area of Solapur. Int J Med Sci Public Health, 6 (10), 1503-1508. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2017.0718108082017



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Mandlik, Madhura Deepak, Santosh J Haralkar, Sanjay M Mulaje, and Suresh K Mangulikar. 2017. Study of health-care seeking behavior of parents for child health problems in an urban slum area of Solapur. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 6 (10), 1503-1508. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2017.0718108082017



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Mandlik, Madhura Deepak, Santosh J Haralkar, Sanjay M Mulaje, and Suresh K Mangulikar. "Study of health-care seeking behavior of parents for child health problems in an urban slum area of Solapur." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 6 (2017), 1503-1508. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2017.0718108082017



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Mandlik, Madhura Deepak, Santosh J Haralkar, Sanjay M Mulaje, and Suresh K Mangulikar. "Study of health-care seeking behavior of parents for child health problems in an urban slum area of Solapur." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 6.10 (2017), 1503-1508. Print. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2017.0718108082017



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Mandlik, M. D., Haralkar, S. J., Mulaje, S. M. & Mangulikar, S. K. (2017) Study of health-care seeking behavior of parents for child health problems in an urban slum area of Solapur. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 6 (10), 1503-1508. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2017.0718108082017





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