Introduction: Healthcare seeking behaviour has been defined as any set
of actions undertaken by an individual who perceives a health problem or an
illness for the purpose of finding an appropriate remedy1. This is
based on an Explanatory model which has a coherent picture of specific cultural
features and these features in turn predispose an individual to certain health
behaviour. Against the backdrop of the need for understanding the effects of
healthcare seeking behaviour of individuals from sociological
perspectives, this study assessed some of those factors among users of primary
health care facility (PHC)in Ado-Odo Ota local government (LGA), Ogun State,
Descriptive cross sectional study among 300 selected users of PHC that are
resident of Ado-Odo Ota using multistage sampling method. Data was analyzed
using the SPSS software version 21.0. Three
hundred (male-97, female 203) users of PHC were sampled through multistage sampling technique in these wards.
Instrument used for data collection was a self-developed, validated
questionnaire with reliability of 0.72 using Chrombach alpha coefficient.
Multiple regression, Analysis of Variance and Independent T-test were used to
test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance.
Using the framework from the
‘‘four As’ theories and concepts; findings based on the survey revealed that
household headship, educational level
and income predicted increase in
service utilization at PHC in Ado-Odo Ota LGA (R = .252; R2 =
.064; Adj. R2 = .054) ;(F calculated (3, 299) = 6.715
> f-table = 3.86; p <.05). Statistical significance also existed in
service utilization between male and female in the study area.
on the study outcome, it was recommended among others that there
is need for continuous community mobilization by healthcare providers
especially the Public/Community health Nurses and Community extension workers
to enhance active community involvement and continuous increase in service
Keywords: Healthcare seeking, PHC Users, Ogun
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