Peoples's beliefs about causation of Disease and implications for choice of Health care in Lusaka
Nanchengwa, Makala Violet
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The prime concern of this paper is threefold; to investigate people's beliefs about causation of disease and Illness; to examine the extent to which beliefs about causation are affected by socio-demographic characteristics such as age, educational status and occupational status of respondents; and the extent to which beliefs about causation affect utilisation of health care services. This study found that people distinguish three main causes of disease -natural, supernatural and both natural and supernatural causes. The study also found that beliefs about causation are affected by the respondent's age, educational status and occupational status. Finally, the study found that beliefs about causation do not affect where people go for health care. People irrespective of beliefs about causation use modern health services.