n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Health seeking behaviours of migrant domestic workers in Centurion, South Africa : utilization of primary health care services

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Little is known concerning the health care seeking behaviours of migrant domestic workers to facilitate optimum prevention and management of both communicable and non-communicable diseases among the many domestic migrant workers in South Africa. This study aimed to explore health seeking behaviours and experiences of migrant domestic workers during ill health in general whilst they live in their employers' households. Qualitative methods were used to explore health care seeking behaviour of the migrant domestic workers during the process of being ill. Data was collected from a sample of 15 respondents with open-ended questions using a semi structured interview guide. In this study it was found that problems in access to health services were identified in four areas: a) emotional and psychological influence on health seeking, b) the influence of health awareness to health seeking behaviour, c) barriers contributing to difficulty in accessing health care services and d) financial impact to seeking health care. It was concluded that there is existence of health care access problems for migrants during their employment period in South Africa.

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