||Socio-cultural dimensions of tuberculosis.
||HEALTH MILLIONS 1995, 43-46.
Several case studies are presented in this paper
to emphasize that the social and cultural dimensions of TB are of
paramount importance from the management point of view. The conclusions
drawn were: 1) The social stigma against TB was still dominant regardless
of caste, social class, economic status, level of literacy and geographic
location, 2) Maid servants appeared to be one of the most important
transmitting agents of TB, 3) The perception of the patient towards
his/her life and people (society) changed within moments of learning
that they had contracted TB, 4) The physical recovery of the patient
was faster than their psychological recovery. It is recommended
that the NTCP take note of the behavioural dimensions of the TB
patient from the management perspective.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIO-CULTURAL; SOCIAL STIGMA; INDIA.