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Epidemiology and policy
SP3-9 An epidemiological study on health provider practices and the factors influencing them in rural area of Udupi taluk, Karnataka, India
  1. K Kulothungan,
  2. N Kondagunta,
  3. A Shetty,
  4. A Kamath
  1. SRM University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, India


Objectives To know the range of services provided by the various health providers, to study their criteria for determining fees for the services provided, to understand their barriers in providing the services and to study the factors responsible for their job satisfaction and dissatisfaction in rural areas of Udupi taluk, Karnataka state, India.

Materials and Methods A cross sectional study was conducted in rural areas of Udupi taluk between September 2007 and October 2008 among 150 rural practitioners. Data were collected by interviewing the practitioners using pre-tested, semi-structured questionnaire. The quantitative data were analysed using SPSS 14.0. The qualitative data were collected using In-depth interview technique.

Results and Conclusion Provision of preventive health services and participation in national programmes by the private practitioners was found to be inadequate. Practitioners determine their fees based on the economic status of the patient and the cost of medicines dispensed. Inadequate and irregular income is the major barrier for both government and private sector doctors and most of them were moderately satisfied with their job.

  • Health services
  • primary healthcare
  • private practice
  • rural health

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