Perceptions of Quality of Care for Serious Illness at Different Levels of Facilities in a Rural Area of Bangladesh

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  • Iqbal Anwar Reproductive Health Unit, Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka

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https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i3.3382

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Healthcare, Healthcare-seeking behaviour, Health services, Patients' satisfaction, Quality of care, Bangladesh

Abstract

This study was conducted to explore care-seeking for perceived serious morbidities and users' perceptions about quality of care at different facilities in Matlab, Bangladesh. This is a secondary analysis of base­line community survey data of the Matlab Essential Obstetric Care Project conducted in 2001. Principal component and factor analysis methods were used for computing summary quality and socioeconomic indicators. During perceived serious morbidity of any household member within the last one year, 88.1% (776/881) used health resource outside home. Of them, 25.6% visited informal care providers, 17.8% peripheral public facilities, 7.9% tertiary hospitals, 7.3% facilities of non-governmental organizations, and 41.4% private facilities as the highest healthcare resources. Socioeconomic status and type of morbidity were significant predictors for choice of the highest level of care. Most (86.1%) of those who sought care outside the home were satisfied with the quality of services provided for their last serious morbidities. Users of organized private-sector and tertiary facilities perceived the quality of services better than users of informal care providers and peripheral public facilities. Behaviour and attitude of the service providers and availability of medicines were significant predictors for perceived quality of care. Peripheral public-health facilities were of poor quality and grossly under-used. Further research should explore the technical aspect of quality of care in different facilities, along with perceptions of service providers to design client-focused interventions to impact the use of healthcare services. There is no reason to overlook informal care provid­ers, they should rather be trained and monitored.

Key words: Healthcare; Healthcare-seeking behaviour; Health services; Patients' satisfaction; Quality of care; Bangladesh

doi: 10.3329/jhpn.v27i3.3382

J Health Popul Nutr 2009 Jun;27(3):396-405

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Iqbal Anwar, Reproductive Health Unit, Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka

Dr. Iqbal Anwar
Reproductive Health Unit
Public Health Sciences Division
ICDDR,B
GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000
Bangladesh
Email: iqbal@icddrb.org
Fax: 880-2-8826050

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Anwar, I. (2009). Perceptions of Quality of Care for Serious Illness at Different Levels of Facilities in a Rural Area of Bangladesh. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 27(3), 396–405. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i3.3382

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