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ERIC Number: EJ866233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Factors Affecting Mothers' Healthcare-Seeking Behaviour for Childhood Illnesses in a Rural Nigerian Setting
Abdulraheem, I. S.; Parakoyi, D. B.
Early Child Development and Care, v179 n5 p671-683 Jul 2009
Appropriate healthcare-seeking behaviour could prevent a significant number of child deaths and complications due to ill health. Improving mothers' care-seeking behaviour could also contribute in reducing a large number of child morbidity and mortality in developing countries. This article aims to determine factors affecting healthcare-seeking behaviour for childhood illnesses. Cluster sampling technique was used with a number of clusters proportional to population size. Mothers used self-care with home remedies in 53.2-69.6% of reported episodes of illnesses. The use of health facility for childhood illnesses was consistently low (5.7-9.9%). Appropriate care was sought by only 25.3% mothers. Mothers' income, education, child gender, number of symptoms and illness severity were the predictors of care-seeking behaviour. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria