BMC Int Health Hum Rights 2018 Jan 16;18(1). Epub 2018 Jan 16.
Department of General Practice, School for Public Health and Primary Care, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Background: Slum dwellers display specific traits when it comes to disclosing their illnesses to professionals. The resulting actions lead to poor health-seeking behaviour and underutilisation of existing formal health facilities. The ways that slum people use to communicate their feelings about illness, the type of confidants that they choose, and the supportive and unsupportive social and cultural interactions to which they are exposed have not yet been studied in the Indian context, which constitutes an important knowledge gap for Indian policymakers and practitioners alike. Read More