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Health-care seeking behaviour among persons with diabetes in Uganda study: an interview study
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences. (SHV - Tidigare AMER)
Nbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda. (SHV)
2011 (English)In: BMC International Health and Human Rights, ISSN 1472-698X, E-ISSN 1472-698X, Vol. 26, 11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to explore healthcare-seeking behaviour, including use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) and traditional healers, in Ugandans diagnosed with DM. Further, to study whether gender influenced healthcare-seeking behaviour. A descriptive study with a snowball sample from a community in Uganda was implemented. Semi-structured interviews were held with 16 women and 8 men, aged 25-70. Data were analysed by qualitative content analysis. The results showed that healthcare was mainly sought among doctors and nurses in the professional sector because of severe symptoms related to DM and/or glycaemic control. Females more often focused on follow-up of DM and chronic pain in joints, while males described fewer problems. Among those who felt that healthcare had failed, most had turned to traditional healers in the folk sector for prescription of herbs or food supplements, more so in women than men. Males more often turned to private for-profit clinics while females more often used free governmental institutions. In conclusion, healthcare was mainly sought from nurses and physicians in the professional sector and females used more free-of-charge governmental institutions. Perceived failure in health care to manage DM or related complications led many, particularly women, to seek alternative treatment from CAM practitioners in the folk sector. Living conditions, including healthcare organisation and gender, seemed to influence healthcare seeking, but further studies are needed.

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2011. Vol. 26, 11
Keyword [en]
Health care seeking behaviour, complimentary alternative medicinre, diabetes mellitus, Uganda.
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16224DOI: 10.1186/1472-698X-11-11OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-16224DiVA: diva2:467006
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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Available from: 2011-12-18 Created: 2011-12-18 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved

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