A household was defined as a group of people living in the same compound, who are answerable to the same head and share a common source of food and/or income. A homestead was defined as ‘a collection of adjacent or nearby households with a single individual as an administrative head’. There may be more than one household in a homestead because people do not always share food or income.
Treatment-seeking behaviour, cost burdens and coping strategies among rural and urban households in Coastal Kenya: an equity analysis
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Tropical Medicine & International Health
Volume 12, Issue 5, pages 673–686, May 2007
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Chuma, J., Gilson, L. and Molyneux, C. (2007), Treatment-seeking behaviour, cost burdens and coping strategies among rural and urban households in Coastal Kenya: an equity analysis. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 12: 673–686. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2007.01825.x
Fieldworkers explained illness definitions to households at the outset and for all illnesses asked respondents if they knew the name of the problem. Where formal treatment was sought, the health card was checked but reported illnesses/symptoms were recorded because of the potential influence on health seeking behaviour.
The approximate exchange rate at the time the study took place was US $1=78 KES.
These are small clinics, usually operating in one or two rooms by a clinical officer or a nurse. A few have laboratories operated by a technician who has some ‘partnership’ with the owner of the clinic.
We did not locate any study that compared different categories of illnesses (acute and chronic) and their variations between rural and urban areas. Those identified in the literature tended to focus on either acute or chronic conditions only in reference to one type of disease (e.g. diabetes) or on general illnesses without classifying them into either category.
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