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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
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ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 31, No. 2, 2013, pp. 223-230
Bioline Code: hn13026
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2013, pp. 223-230

 en Comparison of Accessibility among Vision-impaired Patients Visiting Mobile and Stationary Hospitals in Rural Bangladesh
Alam, Md. Ferdaws; Chongsuvivatwong, Virasakdi; Mahmud, Hasib & Gupta, Pradip Sen

Abstract

The aim of this study is to compare accessibility of vision-impaired (VI) patients to other eyecare centres before attending the mobile and stationary hospitals. Under a cross-sectional study design, VI patients were consecutively enrolled if they visited one of the three Impact Foundation Hospitals—one mobile and two stationary hospitals. The cost and service output of all hospitals were also reviewed; 27.7% of patients at the mobile and 36.8% at the two stationary hospitals had sought eyecare at other health facilities in the past. Mobile hospital patients lived closer to the hospital but spent more time in travelling, bore less direct cost, needed less extra support, and had a higher level of satisfaction on the service. They also identified more barriers to access eyecare in the past. The mobile hospital had a higher percentage of patients with accessibility problems and should continue to help the remote population in overcoming these problems.

Keywords
Health science accessibility; Mobile hospital; Vision impairment; Bangladesh

 
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