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The present study is carried out in the epilepsy clinic of RIMS Teaching Hospital, Raichur to study gender specific demographic, medical and social disparities in health seeking be-haviour among patients attending epilepsy clinic. Cross sectional hospital based study car-ried out in patients attending Epilepsy Clinic of Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka. Objective of the study was to uncover the gender specific medical and social disparities in health seeking behaviour of the study subjects. More than two third study subjects were illiterates. During the epileptic attack female patients were following more false beliefs than sound practices; also after the attack they showed significant delays in seeking health care as compared to their male counterparts. Women with epilepsy are significantly older than their male counterparts. Gender specific medical and social dispari-ties were observed in health seeking behaviour of female epileptic patients.
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Author(s): Shubhangi Baviskar Vijay Bhagat Rahul Kirte Sharanabasavaraj Ms Shantala J
Gender disparities, health seeking, epilepsy