DOTS Reaches Socially Marginalized Population in the Community : A Study from a Rural Area of South India

Narayanan, P R and Gopi, P G and Subramani, R and Santha, T and Chandrasekaran, V and Muniyandi, M and Radhakrishnan, S (2008) DOTS Reaches Socially Marginalized Population in the Community : A Study from a Rural Area of South India. Journal of Communicable Diseases, 40 (3). pp. 199-204. ISSN 0019-5138

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Abstract

We report here that the Directly Observed Treatment, Short course (DOTS) is reaching all tuberculosis patients in the community irrespective of social classification based on the analysis from the tuberculosis prevalence survey and programme performance during 1999-2003 from a rural area in Tamilnadu, South India. New smear- positive cases treated under a DOTS programme were classified in two groups namely; scheduled caste living in colony and other population. The prevalence of smear- positive cases among the scheduled caste population was 1.9 times higher than the other population and this was reflected in the notification also. The successful treatment outcome was also similar in these two groups (75% and 78% respectively; overall 77%). From these findings it is concluded that people living in colony have equal access to DOTS as those in the village.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tuberculosis, DOTS, scheduled caste, accessibility
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Epidemiological Research
Tuberculosis > Operational Research
Tuberculosis
Divisions: Epideimology
Depositing User: Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 11:05
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2017 11:05
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/905

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