||Sample survey of awareness of symptoms and utilisation
of health facilities by chest symptomatics.
||INDIAN J TB 1990, 37, 69-71.
The TRC, Madras, undertook a sample survey in rural
(18,395 persons), urban (17,409 persons) and metropolitan areas
(37,290 persons) to identify the chest symptomatics as defined in
the NTP. The symptomatics were interviewed by medical social workers
to obtain information about the action taken for relief, the type
of health facilities utilised and the reason for the choice. Questions
were also asked to find out the symptomatics' knowledge about TB.
Based on an analysis of the results, more than 80% of the symptomatics
were aware, over 75% had taken action, although most had no idea
about its causation. Yet, more than 90% had contacted health facilities
of which one-half were governmental.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL AWARENESS; HEALTH CARE; INDIA