A cross sectional study on factors influencing the quality of primary health care services provided by multi-purpose health workers in Tiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu

Dr. S Arun Murugan
2020 International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine  
Primary health care definition extends beyond physical aspect to mental and social wellbeing. Health care providers starting from physicians till basic level workers, play a vital role in identifying and meeting client's health care needs. Quality care is the ability of to meet the health related needs of the population consistent with local and national goals, as well as resource constraints and considered as complex variable encompassing both tangibles and intangibles. Multipurpose workers
more » ... ipurpose workers are the frontline workers were the health problems were sorted out or referred to the next level of health care. Objective: The objective of the study is to identify enablers to a quality primary health care service in Tiruvallur district, state Tamil Nadu. Methodology: This is an analytical cross sectional study carried out on 149 Multi-purpose Health Workers calculated assuming maximum variability and 80% power. The study area Thiruvallur was selected through random sampling and five blocks namely Kadambathur, Minjur, Ellapuram, Tiruvalangadu and Tirutani were selected using lottery method. Parks The study was carried out during the period between January 2019 and June 2019. A structured questionnaire was used to elicit responses. Data were entered on MS Excel sheet. Statistical analysis was done with SPSS 17 version. Results and Discussion: Out of the total 149 Multi-purpose worker included in the study, 98 (65.77%) were females. Majority of them (34.90%) fall within the age group of 3 to 31-40 years. Among them 49.66% have completed their higher secondary level education. Around 57.04% have completed more than 15 years of service. Their structural indicators were below the expected standards compared to process and outcome indicators. Conclusion: Majority of the works were done properly except some defects in the structural level. Resources and Budgets should be reassessed and reallocated. Accredited activities should be made mandatory and should be considered as achievement by the entire health team. Regular audit and appraisal sessions are necessary. MPHW and client satisfaction survey should be done periodically to ensure the quality of services.
doi:10.33545/comed.2020.v3.i1b.125 fatcat:yzzvzx4tijhytmwsyn2ajyon2a