Significance of some social factors in the treatment behaviour of tuberculosis patients
Narayan, Radha and Srikantaramu, N. (1987) Significance of some social factors in the treatment behaviour of tuberculosis patients. NTI Newsletter, 23 (4). pp. 76-90.
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Community studies conducted by the National Tuberculosis Institute (NTI), Bangalore, India, have dealt with symptom awareness of people suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and action taken towards seeking relief1,2. Over the years the need to understand patient’s behaviour regarding collection and consumption of anti-tuberculosis drugs has been recognized3,4. The National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP), provides community based ambulatory diagnostic and treatment services for tuberculosis, free of cost, to felt-need oriented symptomatics who approach the health facilities of the national health care delivery system. It has been observed that in spite of such social orientation of diagnosis and treatment only 52% of the symptomatics, who are sputum positive seek treatment, and what is worse, only 17-23% of the patients complete Treatment5. It therefore stands to reason that there could be factors, other than easy availability of services that determine regularity and completion of treatment.
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