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DOES MONEY MEAN ANYTHING to a busy pregnant mother in a remote rural village, w/o clean water, sanitation, electricity? WHAT DOES?
Please help me find a way to WALK IN HER SHOES.
Does a token amount of MONEY show *respect* and *empowerment* to rural pregnant women in Tamil Nadu, India? Or, is there a BETTER INCENTIVE?
How do we INCENTIVIZE self care and participation in health care initiatives in remote rural low-income communities? (I am guessing it is not with money.)
I am working with a healthcare team that is launching a new digital technology for distribution of healthcare education and monitoring of routine care throughout pregnancy in rural India,Tamil Nadu. We are tasked with providing *incentives* for participation, active monitoring, and regular attendance. The current plan is to provide a token sum of money. I believe that there is a strong possibility that this could simply be an insult.
A blog post by a US physician notes:
"4. Providing incentives. Incentives for patients to be better participants in their own healthcare need not be overt. It might be in the form of a physician’s conveying sensitivity to costs by prescribing the most economical medications, minimizing tests as well as acknowledging the issue as a concern. Another is to involving decisions and plans with a caregiver who can help achieve established goals along with the patient. In addition, the previous three points [which were (1) establish a relationship, (2) improve the patient and caregiver knowledge base, and (3) utilize digital health technology tools...patient portals, apps, reliable websites) will also incentivize the patient via *respect* and *empowerment*." [Emphasis added; Summary of 'three points' added.]
Again, does a token amount of MONEY show *respect* and *empowerment* within this culture? Or, is there a BETTER INCENTIVE?
ALL RESPECTFUL SUGGESTIONS WELCOME AND APPRECIATED!!!!