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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: May | Volume: 8 | Issue: 5 | Pages: 186-191

Comparison of Health Seeking Behaviour among Antenatal Women Residing in Selected Rural and Urban Area

Anoop Kaur1, Nidhi Sagar2, Mamta3

1Post Graduate Msc Nursing Student of DMCH College of Nursing Ludhiana, Punjab,
2Professor, Professor, 3Assistant Professor,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynacological Nursing, DMCH College Of Nursing Ludhiana, Punjab India

Corresponding Author: Anoop Kaur


Introduction: There are many factors (physical factors, accessibility of facilities, socio-cultural factors, economical factors) prevalent in our Indian scenario related to health seeking behavior among antenatal women especially in rural area which hinders the provision of good health care seeking behavior. All the factors together produce a dilemmatic situation which makes them unable to utilize the antenatal services and ultimately affect their health seeking behavior of antenatal women.
Methodology: A descriptive (comparative) research design was used to conduct the present study using convenience sampling technique among 100 antenatal women, 50 from rural area, Pohir and 50 from urban area, Shimlapuri, Ludhiana were selected & their health seeking behavior was assessed using structured checklist. Analysis of the data was done by using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: Results of present study revealed that antenatal women of both rural and urban areas had mean age of 25.5±1.65 years, 26.62±0.81 years respectively. 62% antenatal women of urban area and 48% of rural area had good health seeking behavior. However, this difference was statistically non significant as (p>0.05). Association of health seeking behavior was statistically tested and found to be significant with duration of marriage, type of family, socio-economic status.
Conclusion: Thus, the study concluded that urban antenatal women had good health seeking behaviour as compared to antenatal women of rural area which remained statistically non significant (p>0.05).

Key words: Health seeking behaviour, Antenatal women

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