Physical Barriers and Attitudes towards Accessing Healthcare in a Rural Muslim Population in Nepal

Title: Physical Barriers and Attitudes towards Accessing Healthcare in a Rural Muslim Population in Nepal
Authors: Buggy, Conor J.Ashworth, HenryRoux, T.Krussig, T.
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Date: 30-Mar-2020
Online since: 2020-11-06T17:06:59Z
Abstract: The 2015-2020 Nepali Government’s National Health Sector Strategy notes that Muslims have the lowest rates of healthcare utilization in Nepal without specifications as to factors associated with the low rate. This study assessed physical barriers and attitudes towards accessing healthcare amongst a rural Muslim population in the Nepali terai. Significant results indicated that the Muslim population was more likely to utilize distant public care than closer private care, and experienced longer travel times than their Hindu counterparts. Muslims also reported significantly lower satisfaction in healthcare accessibility. Results from this study verify this gap and indicate that transportation, satisfaction, and private vs. public care may be important factors. Future research should aim to identify and address the underlying mechanisms that lead to these large equity gaps.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Asian Pacific Journal of Health Sciences
Journal: Asia Pacific Journal of Health Sciences
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Start page: 7
End page: 12
Copyright (published version): 2020 the Authors
Keywords: Healthcare accessHealthcare attitudesHealthcare inequityMuslimNepalPhysical accessRural healthcare
DOI: 10.21276/apjhs.2020.7.1.2
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 2350-0964
Appears in Collections:Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Research Collection

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