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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 256-261
Patient's utilization and perception of the quality of curative care in community health centers of the fifth commune of Bamako

West China School of Public Health, Health Education Department, School of Public Health, Sichuan University, China

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Seydou Fomba
West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.66882

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Background: Community health centers are an important component of the health system in Mali. Despite the adhesion of the populations and the commitment of the authorities, many things must be done to improve the quality of care provided in those structures. Objectives: The study aimed to know the patients' utilization and perception of the curative care in the community health centers of Bamako and the physicians' satisfaction of their work condition and perspective in the community health sector. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in nine community health centers of Bamako in 2008. A total of 270 patients were interviewed through a face-to-face interview. Thirteen physicians took a self-administrated questionnaire relating to their material and financial conditions and their plan for the future. Results: The sample was characterized by the low literacy (32.6%) and socio-economic level (15.9% of steady income).139 patients claimed the nearness as the reason of the choice of the health center whereas only 51 claimed the health staff skill. The women felt more satisfied than men (P=0.005) and illiterates felt more satisfied than bachelors and beyond (p0=0.034). The patients claimed the reduction of waiting time, the improvement of information and the creation of news services. 30.80% of physicians were satisfied from their material and financial conditions, 38.46% were motivated and 76.92% planned to leave their health center. Conclusion: Although a high level of satisfaction regarding the provided service was observed, user reported some shortage in the quality of care and claimed a widening of CSCom capability.

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