Title: PATTERNS OF MORBIDITY IN SELECTED DISTRICTS
OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
Authors: Niranjna Bhandari
Population Research Centre, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla- 171 005
MLA 8 Bhandari, Niranjna. "PATTERNS OF MORBIDITY IN SELECTED DISTRICTS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 8, Aug. 2019, pp. 5766-5787, ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=443. Accessed Aug. 2019.
APA Bhandari, N. (2019, August). PATTERNS OF MORBIDITY IN SELECTED DISTRICTS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(8), 5766-5787. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=443
Chicago Bhandari, Niranjna. "PATTERNS OF MORBIDITY IN SELECTED DISTRICTS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 8 (August 2019), 5766-5787. Accessed August, 2019. ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=443.
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Abstract: Morbidity is the leading cause of mortality among people in developing countries, more
specifically among women living in the rural areas. While bio-physiological factors affecting
health have been largely established, the role of socio-economic characteristics in a given
cultural setting and environmental conditions as the cause morbidity and disease remain lesser
explored. The underlying assumption of this paper, based on the study of a limited sample (66 indoor women patients) admitted in three district hospital in a hill state, namely Kinnaur, Solan
and Shimla of Himachal Pradesh, is socio-economic characteristics along with cultural and
environmental conditions are critical in the causation of morbidity. These districts, besides
located at different altitude, climatic conditions and occupational engagements also represent
population with distinct socio-cultural and economic characteristics. The rationale of taking
limited indoor patient population was conditioned by the rugged terrain and lack of transport
facilities making out-door patients declining to stay back for interviews. Resultantly, only a
limited number of patients were available for interviews. An interview schedule was used to
collect data on the socio-economic and environmental conditions in which the patients were
living. The findings although due to small sample size remain limited but provide sufficient
indications that socio-economic conditions in a cultural setting along with environmental
conditions play a critical role in the causation of morbidity and illness.
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