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Emergency Health Seeking Behavior and Felt Need for Community First Responders among Slum Dwellers in Alwal


  • Meenakshi Sharma
  • Agency : Health Seeking Behavior, Slum Dwellers, Emergency Services
  • Objective : This study was be undertaken with an objective to assess the health seeking behavior, perception and knowledge about emergency, the factors that mostly affect this  behavior  and  their  knowledge  and  opinion  about available emergency services and utilization of these services.
  • Background : Not Available
  • Methodology : The present study was carried out between February 2009 and April 2009.The data was collected between 16th  March 2009 and 16th April 2009 .The data was collected with the help of a structured interview schedule. The number of household interviewed were 158 from four slums selected randomly registered in the Alwal municipality.
  • Findings : From the observations made it can be concluded that knowledge and past experiences of family members (in particular) and other influential persons in the community play a key role in health seeking behavior in case  of  health  emergency  of  slum  dwellers,  which  is further dependant on many factors such as literacy, socioeconomic  conditions,  family  and  community dynamics and availability of appropriate services.   The opinions of community members reflect their experiences with government health services, as they have been unable to fulfill their expectations as most of the respondents revealed that they are not available round the clock (24*7) especially in the night. The gap so created and need of the community have led to preference and adoption of private health sector with wide spectrum from indigenous medical practitioners to unqualified providers and private hospitals.
  • Recommendations : The pre hospital component delivered by The EMS and 108 services should be communicated to the benificiaries.The study reveals that the need for CFR is 98.7% which is quite high. EMRI can play a vital role by providing training to the volunteers and thus achieve the long term goal of saving lives.
This study was be undertaken with an objective to assess the health seeking behavior, perception and knowledge about emergency