||Family problems of Tuberculosis patients.
||National Conference on Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases,
26th, Bangalore, India, 3-5 Jan 1971, p. 302-304.
The study examined the socio-cultural consequences
of acquiring TB on the patients and their families. A random sample
of a hundred TB patients who received treatment at the Tuberculosis
Chemotherapy Center, Madras, were chosen to determine the types
of problems encountered in families stricken with pulmonary TB.
The patients varied widely in marital status and by occupation.
The problems encountered by the patients were broadly classified
into three categories, sociological, financial and psychological.
Of these, sociological problems such as disruption of family life,
maladjustment, break-up of homes and loss of mental balance were
the most commonly experienced problems and were more significant
than occupational problems. It is suggested that unless the community
and various Government and voluntary agencies act together to tackle
the socio-cultural aspects impacting TB patients, along with the
medical treatment, the patients will not achieve the desired benefits.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIO-CULTURAL; SOCIAL APPROACH; INDIA