||Bally, K(aut); Hosein, A(aut); Ali, A(aut); Jogie, A(aut); Mahabir, A(aut); Gajadhar, A(aut); Raghoonath, A(aut); Ramlogan, R(aut); Pooransingh, S(aut); Seemungal, T(aut).|
||Tuberculosis û patientsÆ knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding their illness|
||en: Caribbean Public Health Agency. Caribbean Public Health Agency: 60th Annual Scientific Meeting. Kingston, The University of the West Indies. Faculty of Medical Sciences, 2015. p.[1-75].
(West Indian Medical Journal Supplement).
||OBJECTIVE: To determine tuberculosis (TB) patientsÆ knowledge, attitudes and practices with respect to their illness. DESIGN AND METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted. 208 tuberculosis patients > 18 years of age who were currently receiving treatment were included. The study sample was selected from two major regional chest clinics in Trinidad. A pilot tested questionnaire was interviewer administered to each patient. RESULTS: Out of the 208 patients interviewed (response rate 65.0%), 129 were male, and 79 were female. The majority of patients had either secondary or tertiary level of education (54.8%), whereas only 43.8% had either primary level of education or none at all. Analysis revealed that TB knowledge was affected by a patientÆs level of education, where persons with secondary/tertiary levels of education had a greater knowledge about TB (p<0.005). The majority (78.4%) of patients believed that they were not stigmatized; however, 191 (91.8%) patients urged for increased public awareness about TB in order to change perceptions toward the disease. The majority of patients were compliant towards their management advice, as well as taking their prescribed medications, however non- compliance was noted to be more likely in the under 50 year age group (9.8%), rather than the over 50 year age group (1.1%). CONCLUSION: Patients with at least secondary level education had better knowledge about tuberculosis than those with primary level education. Patients indicated the need for more public awareness about TB. Compliance with management (medication and attendance at clinics) was good among the majority of the patients.|
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