||Rajiv G, Bhagi RP & Menon MPS
||A clinical and socio-economic study of hospitalized
patients of tuberculosis.
||Eastern region Conference of IUAT, 15th, Lahore, Pakistan,
10-13, Dec 1987; p. 396-402.
The study examined the clinical profile of five
hundred TB patients admitted to the Rajan Babu TB Hospital, Delhi
and determined the clinical and socio-economic factors important
in hospitalization, default and failure of therapy. An attempt was
also made to judge the health awareness in these patients and from
that the success or failure of the health education programme. It
was found that the percentage of cases who had relapsed or who were
drug failures was quite high in hospitalized patients. Socio-economic
factors were solely or partially responsible for the patients seeking
admission in almost 20% of the cases. These factors as well as lack
of education and proper motivation were responsible for drug default
and subsequent failure in a large number of cases. Health awareness
was quite low even in patients who had stayed in the hospital for
a prolonged period pointing towards a failure of health education.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIO-ECONOMICS; SOCIAL AWARENESS; INDIA.