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Year : 2017 | Month : March | Volume : 11 | Issue : 3 | Page : YC01 - YC04

Barriers Encountered by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) in Arthritis Rehabilitation: A Qualitative Study

Sidhiprada Mohapatra, Girish Nandakumar, Senthil Kumaran Dharmaraj

1. Assistant Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Udupi, Karnataka, India. 2. Assistant Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Udupi, Karnataka, India. 3. Associate Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Udupi, Karnataka, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Sidhiprada Mohapatra,
Department of Physiotherapy, Soahs, Manipal University, Manipal-576104, Udupi, Karnataka, India.
E-mail: sidhi.mohapatra@manipal.edu

Abstract

Introduction: Healthy behaviour through education of individuals with arthritis is the mainstay of long term management. Time and access constraints restrict medical professionals from active involvement in arthritis education in the community. Reaching the community through the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) is the plan of action operational in India. Hence, the factors encountered by ASHAs while delivering arthritis education programs need to be studied.

Aim: The aim of the study was to explore the experiences of ASHAs while delivering arthritis education program.

Materials and Methods: Qualitative exploratory design employing semi-structured interviews was adapted for the study. The interviews were conducted using focus groups of ASHAs from two geographically similar villages. Inductive analysis of focus group discussions was undertaken to determine themes, categories and codes.

Results: Three broad themes were identified from the interviews which influenced the performance of ASHAs. Categories identified show the influence of training, characteristics of ASHAs, geographical features, family characteristics and community attitude. Few problems reported were means of transport, time constraints, multiple tasks, type of incentive and frequency of on-field demonstrations.

Conclusion: Providing motivation for altruistic services has always been a challenge to governing bodies. The issues identified in this study can be addressed prior to integrating ASHAs for rehabilitation services.

Keywords

Exercises, Focus group discussions, Older adults, Patient education

How to cite this article :

Sidhiprada Mohapatra, Girish Nandakumar, Senthil Kumaran Dharmaraj. BARRIERS ENCOUNTERED BY ACCREDITED SOCIAL HEALTH ACTIVISTS (ASHA) IN ARTHRITIS REHABILITATION: A QUALITATIVE STUDY. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 March [cited: 2017 Mar 25 ]; 11:YC01-YC04. Available from
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DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/24691.9530



Date of Submission: Oct 14, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Dec 20, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Jan 09, 2017
Date of Publishing: Mar 01, 2017


Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.

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