Illness perception and medical relief in rural communities
Narayan, Radha; Thomas, Susy; Srikantaramu, N. and Srikantan, K. (1982) Illness perception and medical relief in rural communities. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 29 (2). pp. 98-103.
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Survey was undertaken in rural area near Bangalore to determine perceived morbidity and accessible medical relief. Respondents of 1,393 (971. %) households were satisfactorily interviewed. 129% were found to be ill at some time during the reference period. Services at the government health facilities were acceptable and were utilised if accessible. Utilisation depended on perception of illness in terms of injuries, diseases and disabilities. Prompt and adequate relief for injuries and acute indispositions ensures confidence of the people and better utilisation.
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