Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Supervisor

Dr David Ryder

Second Supervisor

Dr Jacques Oosthuizen


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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