A Questionnaire-Based Study To Evaluate Health-Related Behaviors Of Women Of Reproductive Age In South India- An Original Research
Aim: The purpose of the present study was to assess the health-related issues and behaviours of women of South India who were in reproductive age.
Methodology: Cross-sectional study with sample size of 200 was conducted in three villages. Women of aged 20 years and above were included in the study. Data was collected by predesigned pretested semi-structured questionnaire. Data was presented in proportions with confidence interval and Chi-square test was applied to find the association between variables by using SPSS ver. 25.
Results: Only 34.5% [95% CI: 27.9, 41.5] of the subjects seek medical care as soon as symptoms appear and 69% [95% CI: 62.1, 75.3] of the participants were aware of nearby functioning health centres. Majority (60.5%) of the subjects Visits qualified medical practitioner during illness.
Conclusion: The present study found that there is still a need to create awareness about the importance of healthcare and available health centers as significant proportion of women population approached unqualified medical practitioners and seeking home remedies as first consultancy source for their health remedies.