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Study on low uptake of eye care services at Swarna Bharati Eye Care center, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh


  • Fazlul Haque Krishnan
  • Agency : Eye Care, Low Uptake of Eye Service, Treatment Seeking Behavior
  • Objective : To study low uptake of eye service at Swarna Bharati Eye Center, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh aged above 30 years older.
  • Background : Not Available
  • Methodology : The study was conducted in five mandals in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. The purposive sampling was done using population proportion to size.
    The respondents included those who have been identified as eye patients since last two years. Information was collected using review of records and reports, interview with  the  patients,  key  informant  and  service  provider during March 29-April 17, 2009 using interview schedule (structured and semi-structured) and the checklist.
  • Findings : A total of 148 subjects interviewed regarding their eye care examination and further treatment seeking behavior 86 (58%) patients had not sought treatment at any hospital. Family or business obligation, fear of surgery and money constraint were associated with decreased uptake of eye care service at any hospital. 53(85.5%) of 62 patients had not sought treatment at Swarna Bharati Eye Center. Lack of knowledge was major reason for low uptake of eye service at the study hospital. 18(34%) patients had been treated at P L Rao hospital. Popularity was associated with increased utilization at P L Rao hospital. 85(57%) patients did not know about the study hospital in the catchment area.  
  • Recommendations : A large proportion of patients are not utilising eye care service at any eye care facility in the catchment area. A outsize proportion of patients are not seeking treatment at Swarna Bharati Eye Center due to lack of publicity of the hospital. Improved publicity strategies is the required step to  increase uptake eye care service in the catchment area.
To study low uptake of eye service at Swarna Bharati Eye Center, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh aged above 30 years olde