Title

Relationship between Philhealth membership and health-seeking behavior of senior citizens of Barangay Langkaan I and II, Dasmariñas, Cavite, School Year 2014-2015

Date of Completion

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Community Medicine

Keywords

Health Behavior, Health Services, Elderly

Abstract

Using a retrospective cohort research design, 278 senior citizens from Barangay Langkaan I and II were selected through stratified random sampling. The two strata used were PhilHealth members and non-PhilHealth members. Risk ratio was computed to determine the relationship between PhilHealth membership and health-seeking behavior. Data was collected through the use of questionnaires, inferential analysis of data was done through Chi-square, while descriptive analysis noted the frequency of visits to healthcare facilities relative to occurrence of illness and number of PhilHealth and non-PhilHealth covered subjects. Factors that may affect health-seeking behavior such as financial status and availability of healthcare facilities were noted and considered in the analysis of data. The computed risk ratio was 1.65 showing increased health seeking behavior for respondents with PhilHealth membership. The p-value obtained was 0.017757, showing significant relationship between PhilHealth membership and health seeking behavior. The confounding variable that was likely to affect the health seeking behavior of the respondent was smoking, with a p-value of 0.002447.

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