Qualitative exploration of sociocultural determinants of health inequities of Dalit population in Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Ashraful Kabir, Mathilde Rose Louise Maitrot, Ahsan Ali, Nadia Farhana, Bart Criel

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Objectives In recent years, Bangladesh has made remarkable advances in health outcomes; however, the benefits of these gains are unequally shared among citizens and population groups. Dalits (jaat sweepers), a marginalised traditional working community, have relatively poor access to healthcare services. This study sought to explore the sociopolitical and cultural factors associated with health inequalities among Dalits in an urban setting.

Design An exploratory qualitative study design was adopted. Fourteen in-depth interviews, five focus group discussions and seven key informant interviews were conducted. The acquired data were analysed using an iterative approach which incorporated deductive and inductive methods in identifying codes and themes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022906
Number of pages13
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number12
Early online date14 Dec 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Dec 2018

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