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Health and Demographic Characteristics of Patients Attending a Newly-Opened Medical Facility in a Remote Amazonian Community: A Descriptive Study

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Department of Anaesthesia, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sandford Road, Cheltenham GL53 7AN, UK
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Project Amazonas, 701 E Commercial Blvd #200, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334, USA
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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Valencia, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia, Spain
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Med. Sci. 2018, 6(4), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci6040106
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 2 November 2018 / Accepted: 20 November 2018 / Published: 26 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Health Improvement Strategies)
Peru is a country with wide regional disparities in health. Remote Amazonian communities have high rates of poverty and poor access to health services. There is a lack of data on morbidity and use of health services in the region. We describe a descriptive, cross-sectional study of the demographic characteristics and presenting complaints of attendees to a newly-opened primary care facility in a remote community. This was supplemented by structured interviews of adult attendees to build a picture of sociocultural determinants of health locally, including engagement with traditional forms of medicine. Our study provides novel insights into an under-studied and under-resourced area. We found a young population with a high prevalence of infectious illnesses, particularly dermatological infections - a previously under-recognised source of morbidity in these communities. Poor literacy rates and widespread use of traditional forms of medicine have important implications for the provision of healthcare in this region. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural health; health-seeking behaviour; health beliefs; Amazon; traditional medicine rural health; health-seeking behaviour; health beliefs; Amazon; traditional medicine
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Guile, L.; Graham, D.; Jachmann, A. Health and Demographic Characteristics of Patients Attending a Newly-Opened Medical Facility in a Remote Amazonian Community: A Descriptive Study. Med. Sci. 2018, 6, 106.

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