Health seeking behaviour in northern KwaZulu-Natal

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Show simple item record Case, Anne Menendez, Alicia Ardington, Cally 2013-10-11T13:19:19Z 2013-10-11T13:19:19Z 2005-05
dc.identifier.isbn 1-77011-048-8
dc.description.abstract We examine patterns of health seeking behaviour prior to death among 1282 individuals who lived in the Umkhanyakude District of Northern KwaZulu- Natal. Information on the health care choices of these individuals, who died between January 2003 and July 2004, was gathered after their deaths from their primary care-givers. We examine choices made concerning public and private medicine, western and traditional medicine, and non-prescribed self-medication. We find that virtually all adults who were ill prior to death sought treatment from a Western medical provider, visiting either a public clinic or a private doctor. In this district, which is predominantly poor, ninety percent of adults who sought treatment from a public clinic also visited a private doctor. Fifty percent also sought treatment from a traditional healer, suggesting that traditional medicine is seen as a complement to, rather than a substitute for, Western care. Better educated people who were ill for less than a month before dying were significantly more likely to visit a private doctor, while those least well educated were more likely to visit a traditional healer. Controlling for length of illness, better educated and wealthier people sought care from a greater range of providers, and spent significantly more on their treatment. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CSSR and SALDRU en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSSR/SALDRU Working Papers;116
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject Health seeking behaviour en_US
dc.subject KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.subject Death en_US
dc.subject Medicine en_US
dc.subject Traditional medicine en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Traditional healer en_US
dc.subject Western medicine en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Illness en_US
dc.subject Wealth en_US
dc.title Health seeking behaviour in northern KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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