Weighing up the costs of seeking health care for Dengue symptoms: a grounded theory study of backpackers' decision-making processes

Mills, Jane, Vajta, Balint, Holberg, Mette, and McBride, John (2014) Weighing up the costs of seeking health care for Dengue symptoms: a grounded theory study of backpackers' decision-making processes. In: Abstracts from the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. p. 293. From: QI2014: 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, 21-24 May 2014, Champaign, IL, USA.

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Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus, is an ongoing public health issue in North Queensland. Dengue is imported by travellers visiting or returning to Australia and epidemics may ensue. This study uses grounded theory methods to construct a descriptive theory that explains the process backpackers use when seeking health care. Fifty semi-structured interviews were conducted with young backpackers, hostel receptionists, travel agents and pharmacists. Interview transcripts were analyzed and coded, resulting in identification of a core category: 'weighing up the costs of receiving health care'. This core category has three subcategories, self-assessment of health status, wait & see and seek direction. Findings from this study identified key areas where health promotion material and increased access to health care professionals could reduce the risk of backpackers spreading communicable diseases such as dengue.

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