Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School Of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science

Faculty

Computing, Health And Science

First Advisor

Dr. David Ryder

Second Advisor

Dr. Jacques Oosthuizen

Abstract

There are many factors that influence health and health care seeking. Although many of these factors are similar across populations, exactly how they interact and influence the actions of people is often unique to a population in the context of the environment they live in. The current study, a population-based cross sectional survey, identifies three specific geographically diverse populations in rural areas of Kenya, to gain information regarding overall influences on health care seeking, and also information specific to each geographical area to directly target the health needs of the individual population living there. Participants of the survey were interviewed for personal information and details regarding their activities in response to their health and ill-health. The subsequent data was then analysed to determine which factors affected the use of health and medical services within the study areas and whether the study participants believed their health needs were being met.

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