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A Qualitative Study on the Feasibility and Benefits of Foot Hygiene Measures Practiced by Patients with Brugian Filariasis

Shenoy, R K and Suma, T K and Kumaraswami, V (2003) A Qualitative Study on the Feasibility and Benefits of Foot Hygiene Measures Practiced by Patients with Brugian Filariasis. Journal of Communicable Diseases, 35 (1). pp. 9-16. ISSN 0019-5138

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Abstract

Disability alleviation is an important component of Global Programme for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis'. In Brugia malayi infection the disability is largely due to acute attacks of adenolymphangitis (ADL), which frequently prevent patients from attending their normal activities, causing much suffering and economic loss. The foot care programme has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of these episodes. In the present study we used semi-structured interviews to evaluate the impact of the foot care in 127 patients with brugian filariasis. They were previously trained in this procedure and were advised to practice it regularly, unsupervised. All except one could recollect the various components of foot hygiene and were practicing it regularly. They were aware of the factors causing ADL attacks and were able to avoid them. Majority (95.2%) expressed their happiness with the relief provided by foot care, which prevented or reduced the ADL episodes. The motivation was such that they transmitted this knowledge to others suffering in the community and even physically helped them to carry out foot care. This study fully endorses the advocacy of foot care programme as an easy to carry out, effective, sustainable and economically feasible ,procedure to prevent acute ADL attacks.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bruginn filariasis, Acute adenolymphangitis, Lymphoedema, Disability, Foot care
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Clinical Research
Filariasis
Divisions: Clinical Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 05:38
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 11:05
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/622

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