||Social aspects of tuberculosis problem in India.
||Rao KN, Ed: Textbook on TB in India; TB Association
of India, New Delhi, 1972, p. 573-577.
To determine the level of awareness of symptoms
of TB, a sociological study was carried out in a randomly selected
population in Tumkur district in south India. The findings indicated
that there was a considerable "felt-need" (50%) for a
TB programme in the District. The problem of "Treatment Default"
was found to have been exaggerated due to inadequate consideration
of some basic factors such as inaccurate diagnosis, healed symptomatic
TB cases actually taking treatment elsewhere, completing treatment
in a longer span of time. On analyzing the causes for defaulting,
two factors emerged. Greater consideration to the social, cultural
and economic factors that influence the TB patient's motivation
to take adequate treatment and, integrating the TB control programme
with other development programmes such as education, population
control, agricultural and industrial production, are suggested.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL ASPECTS; INDIA.