||Out-patient care in tuberculosis (non-medical aspects).
||BULL IUAT 1964, 34-35, 439-444.
With the introduction of effective TB drugs, the
importance of the outpatient-clinic in relation to that of the hospital,
concerning treatment, has suddenly increased. Some of the social
problems attaching to the out-patient care of TB are: 1) maintaining
patients under supervision for long periods of time, 2) the problem
of irregular drug-taking (the major reason for failure to take medicines
were found to be laziness and indifference on the part of the patient),
3) some patients encountered obstacles (financial, emotional, social
or other) which prevented them from following instructions. Special
problems are encountered in special groups of patients: the aged,
the emotionally unstable, the sociopathic, the alcoholic, the young.
All of the above- mentioned social problems are discussed in detail.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL MEDICINE; SOCIAL PROBLEM; USA.