BARRIERS TO UTILIZATION OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY HEALTHCARE AMONG NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PATIENTS VISITING PUBLIC HOSPITALS; A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY IN TEHSIL HAZRO

  • Jawaria Khan THQ Hospital, Hassan Abdal, Attock Pakistan
  • Humaira Mahmood Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Dure Yakta Shaheen College of Nursing, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Farah Diba College of Nursing, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Shaista Zulfiqar Foundation University, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Mehwish Riaz Foundation University, Islamabad Pakistan
Keywords: Barriers, Non-communicable disease, Primary healthcare, Utilization

Abstract

Objective: To determine the frequency of non-communicable disease patients reporting directly to Tertiary care hospital, Rawalpindi. To identify the barriers of utilizing primary and secondary healthcare among non-communicable disease patients by using adapted WHO Rapid Assessment of Referral Care System Questionnaire.

Study Design: Descriptive cross-sectional survey.

Place and Duration of Study: Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi, from Oct to Dec 2020.

Methodology: The sampling method employed was non-probability convenience sampling on 450 non-communicable disease patients. The data was collected by using an adapted version of world health organization Rapid Assessment of Referral care system questionnaire. Frequencies and percentages were calculated.

Results: Of the 450 participants, 252 (56%) were females, 270 (60%) were diabetic, 137 (30%) had hypertension and only 43 (9.6%) reported with respiratory diseases. More than 346 (80%) came directly to the tertiary care hospital while only 86 (19%) were referred, 255 (70%) visited tertiary care because of good quality of care, rest of them 109 (30%) had other reasons.

Conclusion: Inadequate utilization of health facilities at primary and secondary level results in overburdening of the tertiary health care facilities.

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Published
2022-02-25
How to Cite
Khan, J., Mahmood, H., Shaheen, D., Diba, F., Zulfiqar, S., & Riaz, M. (2022). BARRIERS TO UTILIZATION OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY HEALTHCARE AMONG NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PATIENTS VISITING PUBLIC HOSPITALS; A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY IN TEHSIL HAZRO. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ), 72(SUPPL-1), S21-24. Retrieved from https://pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/8238
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