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Title: Health-care-seeking behaviour among university students in Lebanon
Authors: El Kahi, H.A.
Abi Rizk, G.Y.
Hlais, S.A.
Adib, S.M.
Issue Date: 2012
Language: English
Abstract: This cross-sectional study assessed the health-care-seeking behaviour, barriers to accessing care and associated factors among a sample of 543 Lebanese students at Saint-Joseph University. Data were collected on health-care-seeking behaviour for health issues in the previous 12 months using an anonymous questionnaire. Health-care-seeking behaviour was categorized as: formal [professional help sought]; informal relational [help sought from friends/family]; informal personal [self-help]. The health issues examined were: physical, psychological, social and relational, sexual, drug, alcohol and smoking. When facing health-related issues, the students tended to seek informal health care. Formal health-care-seeking behaviour was almost non-existent for psychological issues [3.3%], relational and social issues [1.8%], and issues related to substance use [5.1%]. The barriers to seeking formal health care fell into 2 categories: accessibility and relational. To encourage young people to access formal health care, specific health services should be provided for them where they are assured of confidentiality and understanding
Description: 598-606
ISSN: 1020-3397
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