Health seeking behaviour in four Indian States
Nossal, in partnership with the National Council of Applied Economic Research and Population Council, is leading a three-year research program to better understand health seeking behaviour in India. The project will provide an understanding of health seeking behaviour in two States with low levels of health system development: Odisha and Uttar Pradesh; and two with higher levels of health system development: Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The study will facilitate better understanding of the differences between health seeking behaviour in more and less developed health systems at the State level in India. It will sharpen hypotheses about the evolution of health seeking behavior in parallel to effective health system development. The analysis of Odisha and Uttar Pradesh will provide a baseline for health system interventions, yet to be introduced, that seek to strengthen elements such as public primary care. Evidence from future repeat analyses may suggest that change in health seeking behaviour patterns are consistent with effective health system development. This projected is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.