||Socio-cultural context of tuberculosis treatment: a
case study of southern Gujarat.
||INDIAN J TB 1982, 29, 87-92.
Existence of public medical facilities does not
ensure their acceptance contrary to what was assumed by the NTP.
Besides their limited research in the whole community, their case-holding
is marred by defaulters. Defaulters are not necessarily the poor
and the underprivileged, but are as likely to be those who indulge
in medical consumerism out of consideration of status. To secure
better case finding and case holding, involvement of private medical
practitioners is suggested along with possible means of enlarging
the "catchment area" of the DTC, like identifying special
target referrals can be encouraged selectively, and emphasizing
the superiority of routine diagnostic and curative activities of
the DTC vis-a-vis private practitioners, so as to give a sociological
"face lift" to the DTP, which will attract more of those
patients who pay more, and get less, from private practitioners.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIO-CULTURAL; PRIVATE PRACTITIONER; INDIA.