||Psychological factors in tuberculosis.
||Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases Workers Conference,
19th, New Delhi, India, 5-7 Apr 1964, p. 233-235.
To get a clear and meaningful picture of a TB patient's
illness and, to manage it better, one has to visualize the illness
against the background of the personality characteristics of the
person and his life situations. Viewing the patient in this way
is termed the psychosomatic approach. Using this approach has contributed
to our understanding of the varying reactions of the TB patient
to his/ her illness, specifically, reactions before seeking help,
reactions to diagnosis, reactions to illness and pre-morbid personality.
TB patients also vary in their reactions to the different types
of available treatment (domiciliary, surgical, living in a sanatorium)
and, to the rehabilitation process. Therefore, psychological and
social problems should be given due consideration in planning the
management of these cases. Most of the psychological and social
problems may be handled by the physician in charge of the case,
but a small number of cases may require expert help, and the physician
should be alert to spot these cases.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY; INDIA.