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Treatment compliance in relation to source of referral and initial reaction to the diagnosis of tuberculosis

Thomas, B and Suryanarayanan, D and Ganapathy, S (1999) Treatment compliance in relation to source of referral and initial reaction to the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 46 (3). pp. 179-182. ISSN 0019-5705

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Abstract

The source of referral and patient’s reaction to diagnosis were studied in relation to regularity of treatment in 107 patients attending Tuberculosis Research Centre (TRC), Chennai. In all, 29% of the patients were referred by family members, 27% by neighbours and friends, 11% attended on their own, private practitioners referred 18% and government facilities/NGOs referred 15%. The initial reactions to diagnosis of tuberculosis were anxiety, fear, worry and/or shock in 59%. Only 31% of the patients were hopeful of cure at the time. All those who attended on their own completed > 80% of treatment as did 90% of those who were hopeful of cure at the time of diagnosis. And, 86% of those who experienced a negative reaction (fear of death, anxiety and worry) completed > 80% of treatment.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Treatment compliance; Source of referral to TB clinic; Psychological response; Treatment completion
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Socio Behavioral
Divisions: Social and Behavioural Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2013 10:23
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 09:01
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/504

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