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Year : 1988  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 118-126
Utilization Of Preventive And Curative Services In A Semi- Urban Area In Tamilnadu



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Using a cluster sampling procedure, 2,248 semi- urban households comprising of 10,326 persons were chosen and surveyed to determine the extent of utilization of curative and preventive health services. Each household was visited by graduate interviewers on two occasions, a fortnight apart, and information collected over a reference period of 4 weeks. In all, 3,324 episodes were reported. A physician was consulted and treatment taken for 56.5 per cent of the episodes, Self- treatment or treatment on the advice of a lay person was resorted to for 22.7 per cent. For the remaining 20.8 per cent, no action was taken. Immunization coverage in children under 5 years was very poor, namely, 26 per cent for DPT and 15 per cent for OPV. Only a third of the pregnant women had visited a prenatal clinic during the reference period. Family planning, invariably sterilization, was practiced by 20 per cent of the eligible couples. The health utilization practices in this area are contrasted with those in nearby Madras City, and other urban areas, and the implications are discussed.


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