Depression in tuberculosis patients: correlation with duration of disease and response to anti-tuberculous chemotherapy
Natani, G.D.; Jain, N.K.; Sharma, T.N.; Gehlot, P.S.; Agrawal, S.P.; Koolwal, S.; Gupta, R.B. and Agnihotri, S.P. (1985) Depression in tuberculosis patients: correlation with duration of disease and response to anti-tuberculous chemotherapy. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 32 (4). pp. 195-198.
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One hundred and fifty patients of pulmonary tuberculosis were studied using Beck Depressive Inventory. Depression was observed in 49%. It was observed more often among elderly persons and in females, Labour class patients, illiterates, separated or widowed and those with low per capita income. No difference was observed with marital status and religion. The severity of depression was directly related to the duration of illness, severity of disease and response to chemotherapy. Depression was present in 48 % of freshly diagnosed patients. It decreased to 30 % in those who responded favourably to chemotherapy, but those with persistently positive sputum had a significantly higher percentage (64 %).
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