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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 2)
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Factors Associated with Delay in Seeking Medical Care among Educated Nigerians

Comfort O. Chukuezi and Anelechi B. Chukuezi
Corresponding Author:   Anelechi Chukuezi 

Key words:  Care, delays, educated, medical, Nigerians, seeking,
Vol. 1 , (2): Page No: 30-32
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 Month, 00 2009 July, 27

Seeking medical attention by the sick is a public health problem. This study objective was to determine the barriers that hinder seeking of adequate medical care among the educated population in a tertiary institution. By means of a semi-structured questionnaires data was collected in a survey of 355 students and staff of Federal University of Technology, Owerri between November 2007 and April 2008.. Majority of the respondents, 254 (71.53%) were in the age group of 20 to 30 years. 49.25% admitted that they see the doctor immediately they fall sick while 36.06% preferred to go first to a pharmacy and 12.96% to the patent medicine dealer to buy drugs for self medication without prescription. Only 1.69% opted to consult a priest or go to a prayer house. 37.18% follow treatment for a similar complaint as first line of treatment. Among barriers and factors that cause delay are, waiting time to see the doctor 45.71%; delayed attention in the hospital 42.25%; waiting to see how the illness goes 22.82%; cost of treatment 16.34% and inaccessibility or distance to the nearest doctor 2.25%. 88.45% of all those surveyed stated that medical facilities in Nigeria were grossly inadequate. Despite the level of education of the respondents, our findings indicate that there is need for proper health education of the populace to remove these barriers that delay in seeking medical care.
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Comfort O. Chukuezi and Anelechi B. Chukuezi, 2009. Factors Associated with Delay in Seeking Medical Care among Educated Nigerians.  Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 1(2): Page No: 30-32.
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