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Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study

Balpreet Kaur, Tejbir Singh, Sanjeev Mahajan, Kanwerjit Singh, Shalinder Kaur, Simmi Oberoi.

Abstract
Background: Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) is the grass root level worker and hence plays a prime role in making primary healthcare accessible to rural areas. She creates awareness on health and persuading the community toward local health planning and hence plays major role in increasing utilization of health services. The knowledge of the people about the availability of ASHA in their area and about the activities performed by her also play important role in utilization of services given by ASHA. Hence, keeping this in view the present study was conducted.

Aim and Objectives: (1) The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge of the rural women about the availability of ASHA in their area and (2) to assess the knowledge of the rural women about the activities performed by ASHA.

Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in rural field practice area of Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab. The study was a cross-sectional type and the adult decision maker female of the family was interviewed using a pre-designed and semi-structured pro forma after approval from Institutional Ethics committee. A total of 1521 females were interviewed.

Results: The present study revealed that majority (52.3%) of the respondents were in the age group of 2445 years, 41.7% illiterate and 54.6% in the upper lower class. It was found that 45.8% respondents were visited by ASHA and out of these, majority of the respondents (78.2%) were visited for Maternal and child health services followed by health awareness (20.7%) and minor illnesses (9.9%).

Conclusion: The visits by ASHA were irregular and majority of the respondents were visited by ASHA for maternal and child health services in all the three villages and hence knowledge regarding these activities was seen to be more among the respondents. However, overall less knowledge was seen among the villagers about other activities being performed by ASHA worker.

Key words: Accredited Social Health Activist; MCH services; Rural


 
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Kaur B, Singh T, Mahajan S, Singh K, Kaur S, Oberoi S. Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021


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Kaur B, Singh T, Mahajan S, Singh K, Kaur S, Oberoi S. Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study. http://www.njppp.com/?mno=93340 [Access: November 30, 2021]. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021


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Kaur B, Singh T, Mahajan S, Singh K, Kaur S, Oberoi S. Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021



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Kaur B, Singh T, Mahajan S, Singh K, Kaur S, Oberoi S. Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021



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Kaur, B., Singh, . T., Mahajan, . S., Singh, . K., Kaur, . S. & Oberoi, . S. (2022) Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021



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Kaur, Balpreet, Tejbir Singh, Sanjeev Mahajan, Kanwerjit Singh, Shalinder Kaur, and Simmi Oberoi. 2022. Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021



Chicago Style

Kaur, Balpreet, Tejbir Singh, Sanjeev Mahajan, Kanwerjit Singh, Shalinder Kaur, and Simmi Oberoi. "Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study." doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Kaur, Balpreet, Tejbir Singh, Sanjeev Mahajan, Kanwerjit Singh, Shalinder Kaur, and Simmi Oberoi. "Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study." doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Kaur, B., Singh, . T., Mahajan, . S., Singh, . K., Kaur, . S. & Oberoi, . S. (2022) Knowledge of rural women regarding activities of accredited social health activist in three different villages of District Amritsar: A cross-sectional study. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.07227202117082021