Background: The study aimed to assess the patterns of health seeking behavior and the level satisfaction with the health care providers among hepatitis C patients in Karachi, Pakistan.
Methodology: A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted among 250 hepatitis C patients, who were recruited from the Aga Khan University Hospital and the Civil Hospital Karachi, Pakistan, between March and May 2013.
Results: The patterns of health seeking behavior showed that a majority of the study participants approached a medical doctor (n=359), followed by spiritual healers (n=103), and a few participants approached traditional healers (n=38) and homeopaths (n=11). The pattern of health seeking behavior also revealed that the participants were taking treatment from more than one health care provider at the same time. Participants who visited doctors had effective treatment outcomes and they were satisfied with their doctors. However, those participants who visited homeopaths, traditional healers and spiritual healers had ineffective treatment outcomes and they were not satisfied with these health care providers.
Conclusion: The patterns of health seeking behavior are strongly related to the patients' cultural practices and beliefs, which affect their choice of health care providers. This study has provided a basis for planning interventional studies aimed at improving patients' health seeking behaviors.
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