Study on health information seeking behaviour among inpatients in a tertiary care hospital

Kumar, Naveen P (2014) Study on health information seeking behaviour among inpatients in a tertiary care hospital. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, 4 (3). pp. 198-209. ISSN 2249-9571

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BACKGROUND: This study portrays the health-seeking behaviour among the inpatients of tertiary care hospital. The first part deals with the socio demographic details of the inpatients and how this affects the various components in the questionnaire. The second part identifies the general attitude of the respondents. It shows the interest of individuals in health seeking behaviour research, and provides the sources of health information. This permits us to discuss the health literacy of the respondents, to understand the strength, weakness, opportunities and threats in it. The third part presents the health seeking behaviour among the inpatients in different departments of Kasturba Hospital. OBJECTIVE: To find the health information seeking behaviour and health literacy among the inpatients of various departments in Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. METHOD: This is a cross sectional study carried out in Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. A sample size of 300 inpatients was taken for the study period of 3 months. The instrument used for data collection was a validated pre-tested questionnaire. RESULTS: In terms of general attitude of the respondents of Kasturba Hospital, 82% of the inpatients in Kasturba Hospital had a minimum knowledge regarding their illness and were interested in seeking health information about their illness and 32%, 46%, 16% and 6% wanted to know more information about the diagnoses, the disease, medications and side effect of drugs respectively. The patients insisted on providing them with health information about their illness and treatment option in written material and in their local language a communication was a problem. For 51% of the inpatients the main source of health information was the physician, whom the inpatients relied on, for their treatment. Only 5% of the families had access to the internet and treated their symptoms using medical information from the internet. 53% of the respondents complained that the health expenditure was very high and hence could not cope up with the health expenditure. Only 45% of the inpatients were covered under an insurance policy while 55% of them were still remaining to be covered and also wanted to know the procedure to get insured. CONCLUSION: Hence it can be concluded that majority (82%) of the inpatients wanted to seek more information about their illness but their level of literacy and socio-economic status becomes a barrier to accessing information from various sources.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health-seeking behaviour; Physician-patient interaction; Internet-based information; Health literacy.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Hospital Administration
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 04:17
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 04:17

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