Making the decision to seek care for injury patients can be impacted by many confounders especially in limited resource setting. In Brazil, while there is ‘free care’ accessing timely care through the government system can be quite challenging. Therefore there are likely many patients who delayed seeking care due to the complexities of the system or for cost reasons. As such, this project is to perform a proportional sampling of the City of Maringa, a city with the population of 400,000 in the state of Parana in southern Brazil. We will attempt to determine not only the prevalence of injuries but also define care seeking behaviors and factors limiting seeking behaviors.
PI: Catherine Staton, MD MScGH