HomeHealth Sciences Journalvol. 8 no. 2 (2019)

Factors affecting availment of Expanded Z-MORPH Program in an urban communitybased rehabilitation center: A mixed methods study

Cybil Brigitta P. Kwok | Timothy Christian M. Aromin | Anna Katrina D. Bongalonta | lan Carlo G. Medina | John Lemuel A. Balatucan | Alyssa Joyce D. Gorgonio | Jerome B. Lovidad | Jose Ronilo G. Juangco



Introduction Community-based rehabilitation, a strategy executed by the local government, aims to improve access by providing rehabilitation, ensuring social inclusion and equalizing rights among persons with disabilities in the community in developing countries. Believing in the same idea, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) seeks to reintegrate persons with physical disabilities into the community by rendering affordable prosthetic and orthotic services and materialized the Expanded Z-MORPH Program. Unfortunately, the program only has few to exiguous number of availers as of 2016 with limited studies done. Therefore, the study aims to determine the factors that affect how the persons with disabilities (PWD) avail of the Expanded Z–MORPH Program in an urban community-based rehabilitation center in the Philippines. Methods The study uses a Quantitative-Qualitative mixed study design. A cross sectional study was conducted involving the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and PWDs in Barangay 185 Malaria, Caloocan City, using a questionnaire on the possible factors affecting the utilization of Expanded Z-MORPH Program gathered using related literature. A Case Study of the community was done for the qualitative aspect using focus group discussions to further delve into the details of the factors identified in the quantitative results. Descriptive analysis using frequency and proportion was used for the quantitative design, while thematic analysis was used for the qualitative design.


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