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Health-seeking behaviour of Port Harcourt city residents: a comparison between the upper and lower socio-economic classes

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Author(s): Promise Tamunoipiriala Jaja

Journal: Journal of Public Health in Africa
ISSN 2038-9922

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: e9;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: health-seeking behaviours | health systems management | public health.

ABSTRACT
This study aimed at establishing the determinants and distribution of the health-seeking behaviours of Port Harcourt residents, and comparing them between the upper and lower socio-economic classes. A descriptive crosssectional study using 204 respondents was carried out. The socio-economic classification used occupation and average monthly income. Multi-staged sampling technique was used; stage one being by stratified sampling using socio-economic classes for stratification; stage two involved clustered sampling; following which five-sectioned structured questionnaires were administered. Differences (P0.05) as both classes mostly go for treatment or medical check-ups. Health facility preference was mostly for good treatment outcome and accessibility; cost also, for the lower class. Commonly and last used health-care giver differed (P
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