Bal Rakshase

Centre for Health, Policy, Planning and Management, School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

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    Health Literacy and Healthcare Utilization: A Study of Bhutia and Lepcha Mothers in Pakyong and Dzongu District of Sikkim, India
    Author(s): Rinchen OB*, Bal Rakshase and Shanti Suman Tigg

    Background & Objective: Health Literacy is an important determinant of health alongside general literacy. An individual with limited health literacy is more likely to make medication errors, and have lesser health knowledge, poor health status, high probability for hospitalizations, and higher health expenditure compared to an individual with adequate health literacy. The objectives of this study is to assess the health literacy level and to analyze how the health literacy status affects the treatment-seeking behavior and utilization of healthcare services among the two tribes (Bhutia and Lepcha) of Pakyong and Dzongu district of Sikkim by testing Rapid Estimate Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) technique and to compare the health literacy levels to educational status and other socio-demographic characteristics. Materials &.. Read More»

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