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Socioeconomic and demographic correlates of medical care and health practices

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008

P. S. S. Rao
Department of Biostatistics, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
J. Richard
Department of Biostatistics, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India


Using a two-stage stratified sampling procedure, a representative random sample of 1021 rural families in North Arcot District of Tamil Nadu State in South India was studied to determine the inter-relationships of utilization of medical care and health behaviour with social, demographic and economic factors. The research was directed towards a better understanding of how medical and social deprivations are connected in a rural setting of India. Distance from a town, education, and accessibility of medical facilities seem to play a prominent role in the various decision-making processes of the family in utilization of the best available health care and in improving their health status. The policy implications arising from this study are outlined.

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