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Weight gain in patients with tuberculosis treated under directly observed treatment short-course (DOTS)

Vasantha, M and Gopi, P G and Subramani, R (2009) Weight gain in patients with tuberculosis treated under directly observed treatment short-course (DOTS). Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 56 (1). pp. 5-9. ISSN 0019-5705

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Abstract

Set up: One Tuberculosis Unit (TU) in Tiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu, India where Tuberculosis (TB) patients treated under Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) programme. Objective: To identify the effects of weight gain among TB patients at the end of treatment on different factors such as socio-economic and demographic characteristics, smoking and drinking habits, treatment under supervision, the type of DOTS centres and problems in taking drugs. Methods: TB patients registered between May 1999 and December 2004 formed the study population. Multiple regression method was used for the analysis. Results: Among 1557 smear-positive TB patients registered under DOTS programme, the changes in weight ranged from a loss of 4 kgs to a gain of 20 kgs at the end of TB treatment; the average change in weight was 3.22 kgs. The gain in weight at the end of treatment was associated with age (<45 years), DOT at government centres, no problems in taking drugs as reported by patients and cure rate. Conclusion: The findings showed that there is an association between gain in weight with DOT at government centres and cure of patients.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tuberculosis, Weight gain after treatment, Multiple regression
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Epidemiological Research
Tuberculosis
Divisions: Epideimology
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 09:29
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 09:29
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/929

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