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Perceptions on tuberculosis and its cure among the government welfare sector providers in Chennai, city, South India

Shanmugam, Geetharamani and Muniyandi, M and Main, Kalaiselvi (2005) Perceptions on tuberculosis and its cure among the government welfare sector providers in Chennai, city, South India. SAARC Journal of Tuberculosis, Lung Diseases and HIV/AIDS, 2 (1). pp. 39-45. ISSN Print: 1818-9741; Online: 2091-0959

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Abstract

Objective - To study the perceptions on cure regarding tuberculosis (TB) among the employees working in Adi dravidar and Tribal Welfare department, Government of Tamil Nadu. Design - An interview schedule was used to collect the socio-economic characteristics of the respondents and the data on their knowledge on symptoms, cause, mode of infection, diagnosis, treatment for TB and their perceptions on cure were collected. Results - Among the 71 employees working in the Tamil Nadu government welfare origination, only ninety two percent of them have heard of the disease called TB. Forty three percent reported that cough as the main symptom, 37% reported TB was caused by germs. Out of 97% who were aware there was treatment available for TB, only 72% reported TB was curable. Disappearance of symptoms (12%) and feeling alright (25%) were perceived as the cure of TB. Only 26% reported completing the treatment for the prescribed period as cure of TB. Misconceptions reported on cure of TB were abstaining from smoking (95%), from alcohol (89%) from sex (17%) and tobacco (98%). Conclusions - This study suggests for strengthening the need to educate the community in general and the other government sector in specific on symptoms and cure of TB.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tuberculosis; Perception, Cure; Misconceptions, Government welfare sector providers
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Socio Behavioral
Divisions: Social and Behavioural Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 04:46
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 08:53
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/724

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