Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health

Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages 6 - 15

Health-Seeking Behavior of People in Indonesia: A Narrative Review

Authors
Anna Wahyuni Widayanti1, 2, *, James A. Green1, 3, Susan Heydon1, Pauline Norris1
1School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
2Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
3School of Allied Health and Physical Activity for Health, Health Research Institute (HRI), University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
*Corresponding author. Postal address: Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia, Email: wahyuni_apt@ugm.ac.id
Corresponding Author
Anna Wahyuni Widayanti
Received 14 June 2019, Accepted 21 December 2019, Available Online 30 January 2020.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.200102.001How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Concept of health and illness, health-seeking behavior, Indonesia, pathway of seeking care, social determinants of health, traditional medicines, utilization of health care
Abstract

This review aims to locate existing studies on health-seeking behavior of people in Indonesia, identify gaps, and highlight important findings. Articles were retrieved from Medline, Scopus, Web of Science, Academic Search Complete (via Ebsco), and ProQuest with a number of key words and various combinations. Articles from Indonesian journals were also searched for with Google Scholar. A total of 56 articles from peer-reviewed journal databases and 19 articles from Indonesian journals were reviewed. Quantitative designs were applied more frequently than qualitative, and mixed methods designs were used in some studies. The majority gathered retrospective information about people’s behaviors. Communicable diseases and maternity care were the most frequently studied conditions, in contrast to noncommunicable diseases. In terms of geographical distribution, most research was conducted on Java island, with very few in outside Java. Important findings are a model of Indonesian care-seeking pathways, an understanding of determinants of people’s care choices, and the role of sociocultural beliefs. The findings from this narrative review provide insight to what and how Indonesians make decisions to manage their illness and why. This makes an important contribution to understanding the problem of underutilization of medical services despite the government’s extensive efforts to improve accessibility.

Copyright
© 2020 Atlantis Press International B.V.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

Download article (PDF)
View full text (HTML)

Journal
Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health
Volume-Issue
10 - 1
Pages
6 - 15
Publication Date
2020/01/30
ISSN (Online)
2210-6014
ISSN (Print)
2210-6006
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.200102.001How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2020 Atlantis Press International B.V.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

Cite this article

TY  - JOUR
AU  - Anna Wahyuni Widayanti
AU  - James A. Green
AU  - Susan Heydon
AU  - Pauline Norris
PY  - 2020
DA  - 2020/01/30
TI  - Health-Seeking Behavior of People in Indonesia: A Narrative Review
JO  - Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health
SP  - 6
EP  - 15
VL  - 10
IS  - 1
SN  - 2210-6014
UR  - https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.200102.001
DO  - https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.200102.001
ID  - Widayanti2020
ER  -