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Behavioural determinants of health-care utilisation among elderly population: a cross-sectional analysis from Punjab

Pooja Kansra (Mittal School of Business, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, India)
Amiya Abdul Khadar (Mittal School of Business, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, India)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 2 October 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Population ageing is a demographic transition and burdens every country’s health sector. A lack of social security combined with low government health-sector spending has made health-care utilisation difficult among elderly in many developing countries like India. This makes population ageing a global phenomenon for policymakers, researchers and stakeholders to discuss and debate in 21st century. The purpose of this paper is to examine the behavioural determinants of health-care utilisation among elderly population in Punjab.

Design/methodology/approach

This study examines health-care utilisation among the elderly population in Punjab. A structured questionnaire was used to collect the data in the state of Punjab, with a multi-stage stratified random sample of 385 respondents. Logit regression was used to analyse the association between several behavioural factors like age, gender, place of residence, source of livelihood, education and frequency of visits with health-care utilisation among elderly aged 60 and above.

Findings

This study revealed that gender, age, place of residence, source of livelihood, education and frequency of visits were significant determinants of health-care utilisation among elderly population.

Originality/value

This study directs the need to improve health-care utilisation in a country, reducing inequalities that exist among the elderly population with respect to socio-economic and demographic differences.

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Citation

Kansra, P. and Khadar, A.A. (2023), "Behavioural determinants of health-care utilisation among elderly population: a cross-sectional analysis from Punjab", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-05-2023-0018

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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