||Pamra SP, Pathak SH & Mathur GP
||A medical-social investigation: Treatment taken prior
to reporting at specialized tuberculosis institutions.
||National Conference on Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases,
26th, Bangalore, India, 3-5 Jan 1971 p. 293-301.
A medico-social study was conducted at the New
Delhi TB Center to determine the factors involved in late diagnosis.
A total of 400 new patients attending the Center from three different
territories, were interviewed for information on the duration of
symptoms and remedial action taken by them before reporting at the
Center. The resulting data were then correlated with the clinical
and bacteriological status of each patient to ascertain the consequences
of late diagnosis for the patient. The results, based entirely on
patients' narrations, indicated that patients' late visit to the
Center was because of late diagnosis or referral. A concerted effort
is necessary to promote awareness of TB among the general public
and to ensure that GPs and General Health Institutions suspect TB
early and diagnose or make referrals early.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL ASPECTS; SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR; INDIA.