Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Health Seeking Behaviour of patients at a tertiary care hospital. Aman Deep Dr. Gopal Krishna Ingle Dr. Jugal Kishore

Background: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a widely prevalent condition
affecting elderly men throughout the world. With increasing
life expectancy, there has been a rise in the percentage of
elderly men and so for this disease across the globe. There is
lack of information about health seeking behaviour of patients
with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Therefore the study was
designed with the objectives of assessing health-seeking
behaviour and the effect of literacy on it among adult and
older subjects suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
attending a tertiary care hospital.
Method: A series of 81 patients suffering from Benign Prostatic
Hyperplasia above the age of 50 years, attending surgical Out
Patient Department of a tertiary care hospital in Delhi, were
assessed for their health seeking behaviour using a pre-tested
and a modified questionnaire designed for assessing health
seeking behaviour.
Results: Positive health seeking behaviour of patients was observed in
44%, who reported to a doctor within a month of noticing
their problem. A greater proportion of the literates was aware
about the symptoms suggestive of enlarged prostate and
consulted a qualified health care practitioner as their first
action. More literates approached the higher level of health
care facility on being referred and had maximum faith in
allopathic system of medicine. Also, lesser number of literates
had performed pooja (Hindi word for worship) or other
traditional rituals for relief of their problems.
Conclusion: We concluded that majority of subjects suffering from
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy were not aware of their
disease and their health-seeking behaviour was poor and
could be related to literacy. Our data highlights the need
for public awareness program targeting the younger male
population so that early detection and treatment can be
Key Words: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Health Seeking Behaviour,
Australasian Medical Journal AMJ 2010, 1, 3, 213-216 (

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