Sources and prevalence of self-reported asthma diagnoses in adults in urban and rural settings of Bangladesh

Emily Bartlett*, John Parr, Wietze Lindeboom, Masuma Akter Khanam, Tracy Pérez Koehlmoos

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This study provides data on the sources of asthma diagnoses in the adult Bangladeshi population in urban and rural settings. The paper also reports the prevalence of self-reported asthma diagnoses and associated socio-demographic factors. A cross-sectional study was conducted in three communities: two rural settings and one urban setting, with a total sample size of 32,665 subjects. Pre-existing surveillance data provided individual socio-demographic factors. Provider categories were based on previous research describing provider plurality in Bangladesh. Descriptive statistics, univariate regression and multivariate regression analyses were performed. Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) generalists provided the largest proportion of diagnoses in both urban (54.6%) and rural (42.4%) sites. The largest proportion of non-MBBS-trained healthcare workers providing diagnoses of asthma was spiritual healers (13.3%) in the urban settings and village doctors (42.4%) in rural settings. The overall prevalence of self-reported asthma diagnoses was 5.0% in the urban population and 3.5% in the rural population. The results highlight the importance of non-MBBS doctors in serving the healthcare needs of the Bangladeshi population. This study reveals a higher prevalence of self-reported asthma diagnoses in the urban setting than in rural ones, which is consistent with international literature on the topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-89
Number of pages11
JournalGlobal Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • asthma
  • healthcare-seeking behaviour
  • non-allopathic
  • prevalence
  • sources of diagnosis


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