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Searching for solutions: health concerns expressed in letters to an East African newspaper column

Asera, Rosa; Bagarukayo, Henry; Shuey, Dean; Barton, Thomas


This study examined health care questions from an unusual data set: 1252 unsolicited letters written over a three–year period to an advice column in an East African newspaper. Analysis of the letters was a non-intrusive method of ascertaining prevalent health questions and opinions. People wrote seeking information, advice, solutions, and reassurance about health problems. Emotions expressed in the letters ranged from hope to fear and frustration. The written format allowed questions which are...[Show more]

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Date published: 1996
Type: Journal article


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