Factors contributing to utilization of health care services in Malaysia: A population-based study

Saroja Krishnaswamy, Kavitha Subramaniam, Wah Yun Low, Abdul Aziz Jemain, Tishya Indran, Padma Ramachandran, Abdul Hamid Abdul Rahman, Vikram Patel

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Abstract

Objective. This paper examines the factors contributing to the under utilisation of health care services in the Malaysian population. Methodology. Using data derived from Malaysian Mental Health Survey (MMHS) information on utilisation of four basic health services in the previous three months, namely contact with health care professionals, ward admissions, having diagnostic or laboratory tests done and being on any medications were obtained. Results. A total of 2202 out of 3666 or 60% of the MMHS participants were included in this study. Thirty percent of the subjects (n = 664) had contacts with health care professionals. Those with health complications, disabilities and those aged 50 years and above utilised health services more significantly as compared to those who lacked health facilities near their homes, had little family support during illnesses and were from the Chinese ethnic group. Conclusion. Factors leading to the under utilisation of health are services need to be further studied and needs in certain groups in the population should be addressed. Healthcare providers must be prepared to fulfil these needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-450
Number of pages9
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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Keywords

  • Health care services
  • Malaysia
  • Utilisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Krishnaswamy, S., Subramaniam, K., Low, W. Y., Jemain, A. A., Indran, T., Ramachandran, P., ... Patel, V. (2009). Factors contributing to utilization of health care services in Malaysia: A population-based study. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 21(4), 442-450. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539509345862

Factors contributing to utilization of health care services in Malaysia : A population-based study. / Krishnaswamy, Saroja; Subramaniam, Kavitha; Low, Wah Yun; Jemain, Abdul Aziz; Indran, Tishya; Ramachandran, Padma; Abdul Rahman, Abdul Hamid; Patel, Vikram.

In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 21, No. 4, 10.2009, p. 442-450.

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Krishnaswamy, S, Subramaniam, K, Low, WY, Jemain, AA, Indran, T, Ramachandran, P, Abdul Rahman, AH & Patel, V 2009, 'Factors contributing to utilization of health care services in Malaysia: A population-based study', Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 442-450. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539509345862
Krishnaswamy, Saroja ; Subramaniam, Kavitha ; Low, Wah Yun ; Jemain, Abdul Aziz ; Indran, Tishya ; Ramachandran, Padma ; Abdul Rahman, Abdul Hamid ; Patel, Vikram. / Factors contributing to utilization of health care services in Malaysia : A population-based study. In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2009 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 442-450.
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