||Behaviour of tuberculous patients towards a treatment
organisation offering limited supervision
|| INDIAN J TB 1967, 14, 156-172.
The research study was an extension of a prior
study (Anderson & Banerji, D., 1963) that undertook a one-year
follow-up of 784 patients who were diagnosed at the clinic of the
State TB Demonstration and Training Center, Bangalore. The study
sought to determine, over a three-year period, how the pattern of
drug collection among the above patients related to the findings
about their bacteriological and sociological status.
This report contains a summary of the material
and methods used in the clinic followed by detailed descriptions
of the bacteriological follow-up of the patients, the significance
of the radiological findings for the initial diagnosis and follow-up
of patients and, the methods of sociological investigation. The
results of the data analysis are also described in detail. The conclusion
drawn from the research was that when TB patients, who actively
sought medical help, were offered facilities for drug collection
within a reasonable distance from their place of residence and when
a "skeletal" organization was made available to supervise
the treatment of these patients, it was very unlikely that the patients
would continue to suffer from TB without availing themselves of
the treatment facilities.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR; MOTIVATION, INDIA.