Dynamics of Health Care Seeking Behaviourof Elderly People in Rural Bangladesh
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, ISSN 1652-8670, Vol. 1, no 1, 69-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Bangladesh is projected to experience a doubling of its elderly populationfrom the current level of 7 million to 14 million by the end of the nextdecade. Drawing upon qualitative evidence from rural Bangladesh, thisarticle focuses on coping strategies in cases of illness of elderly peopleand the contributing factors in determining the health-seeking behaviourof elderly persons. The sample for this study consisted of elderly menand women aged 60 years or older and their caregivers. Nine focus groupdiscussions and 30 in-depth interviews were conducted. Findingsindicate that old age and ill-health are perceived to be inseparableentities. Seeking health care from a formally qualified doctor is avoideddue to high costs. Familiarity and accessibility of health care providersplay important roles in health-seeking behaviour of elderly persons.Flexibility of health care providers in receiving payment is a crucialdeciding factor of whether or not to seek treatment, and even the type oftreatment sought.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 1, no 1, 69-89 p.
Health-seeking behaviour, elderly people, Bangladesh
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject Public Health Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34424OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-34424DiVA: diva2:756048