High coverage of long-term follow-up of patients with spinal tuberculosis

Thilakavathi, S and Fredrick, J S and Fredrick, K G and Parthasarathy, R and Santha, T and Somasundaram, P R and Prabhakar, R (1993) High coverage of long-term follow-up of patients with spinal tuberculosis. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 40 (2). pp. 91-94. ISSN 0019-5705

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A total of303 patients treated for spinal tuberculosis were systematically followed up for a period of 8 years. There were a total of 2243 attendances due during the period; the patients attended on the due date on 70.9% of these occasions, and after defaulter actions on 27.7% occasions. The coverage of 98.6% for an 5-year follow-up was obtained even though on 50% of these occasions, patients attended from a suburban area or from outside the city. An average of 13 visits per default were made and 0.9 letters were posted to retrieve those who did not attend on the due date. Thus, the high coverage obtained can be attributed to effective motivation of the patients by theclinic staff and intensive defaulter actions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Socio Behavioral
Divisions: Social and Behavioural Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2013 10:17
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 07:00
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/353

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