Filipino Women's Tuberculosis Care Seeking Experience in an Urban Poor Setting: A Socioecological Perspective

Alice Hu, Evelyn Loo, Peter J. Winch, Pamela J. Surkan

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Abstract

Urban, poor Filipino women tend to delay seeking care for tuberculosis (TB), which increases their risk for morbidity and mortality. We interviewed 13 women and conducted three focus group discussions to characterize their TB care seeking pathways and identify the barriers and facilitators that influence care seeking at multiple levels. The quality of health services, shame associated with TB, financial insecurity, and familial responsibilities hindered care seeking, while support from community health volunteers and family members encouraged it. Strategies to improve TB control should create social support systems and improve the quality of health services to promote timely care seeking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-44
Number of pages16
JournalHealth care for women international
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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