12 research outputs found

    Paediatric tuberculosis: A decade-long experience in a tertiary care centre

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    Background: The World Health Organization estimates in 2013 revealed that up to 80,000 children die from tuberculosis (TB) each year and children account for over half a million new cases annually. The incidence of extrapulmonary TB (EPTB) is also on the rise. Aims: To study and note the total pediatric TB cases reported over a decade. Analysis of EPTB at the center was also attempted. Methods: Retrospective analysis of TB cases diagnosed during the past decade was attempted, through information registered in the hospital TB registry. Cases aged <18 years were identified as pediatric TB. Pulmonary TB and EPTB cases were analyzed. Results: All of 289 pediatric TB cases were identified from a total of 1389 TB cases in general. Pediatric TB comprised 20% of the diagnosed. Among these, 176 patients were pulmonary TB, amounting to 60% of all cases of TB. The remaining 113 cases were identified to be that of extrapulmonary TB constituting 40% of the total study populace. Among EPTB, lymph node TB was the most common subtype amounting for 42% of all cases of EPTB. This was followed by skeletal TB (23%), pleural TB (12%), gastrointestinal TB (11.5%), nervous system TB (5%), and cutaneous and genitourinary TB accounted for 2.6% each. Conclusion: Childhood TB is an underdiagnosed entity in India. EPTB is alarmingly on the rise, and clinicians need to be wary of the presentations and pitfalls in diagnosis. Awareness of the same is quintessential

    Online Purchase Intention: A Study on Consumer Behaviour in Indian Digital Environment

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    With a potent market like India and the preference being given to a convenient lifestyle and the now happening digital revolution, Indian marketers and purchasers have started to understand the importance and the advantages of utilizing the online shopping platforms. Digital marketing is what affects the purchasing tendency and intentions of people. The motivation behind this research is to recognize the factors influencing Indian customers' frame of mind towards shopping on the internet along the lines of digital marketing to use it for the benefit of both, the marketer and the consumer. Based on Theory of Planned Behavior, constructs/variables like Perceived Behavioral Control, Subjective Norms, Attitude and India-specific factor (covers several socio-economic factors) were examined and analyzed. Two factors, online buying intention, and online purchase were created to extend the research.  The result shows that online purchase intention has the most significance in converting a buyer to actually make an online purchase. Out of the other factors, subjective norms positively affect the online buying intentions the most and perceived behavior negatively affects the same. The study highly reflects that digital marketing and targeting the right audience positively influence the purchase intention of an individual such that it converts into actual purchase

    Policy of foreign direct investment liberalisation in India: implications for retail sector

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    This study has analysed the impact of liberalisation of Indian economy and FDI policy on the retail sector since its implementation in the 1990s. It also further analyses sub-categories by investigating its impact on the unorganised retail sector and the flow of FDI in single-brand retail and multi-brand retail sectors. A comprehensive and critical review of the existing evidence on the subject was carried out, and descriptive statistical analysis of data from 1991 to 2013 was performed which leads to conclude that the policy of FDI liberalisation has proved to provide diversification and sustainable development to the Indian economy and specifically retail sector which is considered to be one of the significant pillars of economy. Furthermore, for continuous growth of the economy, it seems vital to encourage more investment in other sectors by liberalising the restrictive policies

    A Participatory Systems Mapping (PSM) based approach towards analysis of business sustainability of rural Indian milk dairies

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    Drawing from the theories of Participatory Systems Mapping (PSM) this study presents an approach to analysing the business sustainability of entrepreneurial dairy ventures in India. The article begins with a general introduction to the small and medium scale dairy ventures in rural India, highlighting the prominent issues and challenges faced by the stakeholders. The second part demonstrates the use of the PSM framework in developing the Stock and flow diagram (SFD). Further, data from a local milk dairy is collected, and simulations are carried out between 2017–2025 using Vensim®. The outputs are analysed, and inferences are made. This study is expected to enable the policy makers towards the development of sustainable strategies for dairy businesses in general and enable the entrepreneur to analyse the future trends of the potential strategies under his consideration

    Influence of Farmer demographics and Supply Chain Issues on Organized Retailer Performance

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    Advances in information technology and increased social networking have increased health awareness among people in this era. The increased health awareness has prompted people to eat healthy and stay fit. In this regard, the food sector has seen tremendous demand in terms of good quality vegetables/fruits, cereals, with hygiene, nutrition, proteins etc. With the consumer willing to pay an extra premium for the quality expected, it has been observed that the producers are still offered low prices for a good quality produce whereas the intermediaries grab a huge share of the price paid by the consumer. This research tried to understand the supply chain with the farmers in focus and explored the influence of farmer demographics and the supply chain issues on the performance of the organized retail. Linear regression analysis was used to test the linear relationship of supply chain issues with organized retailer performance. The outcome of the study implies that independent variables like demographic characteristics and supply chain issues had no control over the retailer’s performance

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    Is perceived value enough to create loyalty for m-wallets? Exploring the role of trust and satisfaction

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    AbstractThis study explores the role of perceived customer value and loyalty relationships in mobile wallet (M-wallet). The study further investigates trust and satisfaction as drivers of loyalty and examines the role of trust in the traditional value-satisfaction-loyalty relationship. A total of 214 responses from M-wallet users were captured using a structured questionnaire in a cross-sectional survey design. The data collected was analyzed with the help of structural equation modeling. Trust and satisfaction in M-wallet are both found to be mediating the perceived customer value and loyalty relationship. Furthermore, results also confirm the sequential mediation impact of trust and satisfaction between the perceived customer value and loyalty relationship. The findings help practitioners in tailoring their customer relationship strategies to promote M-wallet loyalty. Finally, this study recommends that managers should emphasize leveraging trust and satisfaction to shape loyalty in addition to customer value. They should focus on initiatives to win trust, satisfy the customers, and enhance long-term customer relationships
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