Help-seeking Behaviours among Haemophilia Community in Central Iran: A Qualitative StudyMehrdad Zeinalian1*, Effat Merghati-Khoei2, Sayyed Ali Azin3 and Morteza Hashemzadeh-Chaleshtori1
- *Corresponding Author:
- Mehrdad Zeinalian
Department of Molecular Medicine
Cellular and Molecular Research Center
Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Iran
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 06, 2014; Accepte date:d March 31, 2014; Published date: April 05, 2014
Citation: Zeinalian M, Merghati-Khoei E, Azin SA, Hashemzadeh-Chaleshtori M (2014) Help-seeking Behaviours among Haemophilia Community in Central Iran: A Qualitative Study. J Blood Disord Transfus 5:214. doi: 10.4172/2155-9864.1000214
Copyright: © 2014 Zeinalian M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objectives: Impressive factors affecting help-seeking behaviours and its construction have a determinant role to design health interventions; therefore we run a qualitative study to explore them for the first time before implementing Iranian Program for Control and Prevention of Haemophilia (IPCPH) in Iran.
Methods: We applied an ethnographic approach in this study. Participants were 61 haemophilia patients and their first degree relatives in Isfahan Province (center of Iran). We organized them in 7 Focus Groups Discussions (FGD). Data analysis was performed using thematic and discourse analysis.
Results: We explored some impressive factors affecting help-seeking behaviours of the participants including: self-efficacy, isolation and privacy concluded from stigmatization, religious beliefs, gender-based discrimination, and familial contexts such as family advocacy, poverty, cultural characteristics, and previous experiences on haemophilia disease.
Conclusion: We should develop IPCPH by promoting help-seeking behaviours of haemophilia community through some interventions such as: comprehensive counselling, economic advocacy, and promoting healthrelated attitudes. Meanwhile, we can help the haemophilia community to get rid of social restrictions through public education toward haemophilia and its preventive methods