Prevalence of non compliance with anti TB treatment and its contributing factors among tuberculosis patients.
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis is a worldwide, chronic communicable bacterial disease. One third of the world's population is infected with TB. The main objective of study was to assess the prevalence of non compliance and to indentify the factors contributing to noncompliance with anti TB treatment among tuberculosis patients. METHODS: A descriptive study was carried out in rural hospital in Tamil Nadu. A total of 60 hospitalized TB patients receiving anti-TB treatment were included in the study. Purposive sampling method was used. Data was collected using semi structured questionnaire. RESULTS: Among the 60 patients, 64% were diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis with sputum positive and were on treatment. Prevalence of non compliance was 75% in surveyed population. Not understanding treatment regimen (18.8%) and being tired of taking medications (18.8%) were the most common factors causing non compliance along with forgetfulness & fear of side effects (12.5%), stress (8.3%) etc. CONCLUSION: This study helped to improve the existing knowledge in the field of diseases which need longer period of treatment for cure. Also coordination among patient and health care worker is important to prevent patient from noncompliance to anti tuberculosis treatment.
Keywords :Tuberculosis; non compliance; pulmonary tuberculosis
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PREVALENCE OF NON COMPLIANCE WITH ANTI TB TREATMENT AND ITS CONTRIBUTING FACTORS AMONG TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS., Ms. P. Jeya Angel, Ms. Savita Vasudev Raut, Ms. P. Jeya Angel, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED MEDICINE : Volume-2 | Issue-4 | July-2018
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