|| Krishnaswamy KV, Abdul R & Parthasarathy R
||A sociological study of awareness of symptoms of pulmonary
tuberculosis and action taken by the patients to seek relief.
||INDIAN J TB 1977, 24, 15-20.
Awareness of symptoms of pulmonary TB and promptness
of action taken to seek the treatment by the sufferers in an urban
area, Madras, was studied. A total of 796 patients were administered
questionnaires, out of whom, 600 were men and 196 were women. The
mean age for men and women were 37 years and 32 years respectively.
The proportion of patients drawn from all the 3 selected areas who
took action within a month was 40 percent, within 3 months 65 percent
and within 6 months 84 percent. The proximity of the medical facility
in the city enabled a sizable proportion (53%) to take action within
a month. Among symptomatics reporting within a month, the bacillary
cases were proportionately low which tended to increase as time
elapsed. Regarding the psychological impact of the disease on the
patients, there was a sense of optimism in a large proportion of
patients due to a very favourable response to good treatment. Varied
attitudes of the relatives towards the patients, consistent with
Indian stereotypes were elicited.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL AWARENESS; SOCIAL ACTION; INDIA.