||Kane RL & Kavasch PI
||The tuberculosis patient's knowledge about his disease.
||AME REV RESPIR DIS 1970, 101, 314-316.
Patients hospitalized in Kentucky (USA) TB sanatoriums
were interviewed to determine the degree of understanding of their
disease and its implications in preparation for ambulant care. Eighty
percent knew their diagnosis and 56 percent recognized TB as contagious.
Although two-thirds could give at least a visual description of
their medication, at least 50 percent demonstrated a deficiency
in knowledge that was needed to be corrected before adequate compliance
away from the hospital environment could be expected. Further, only
25% knew the criteria for discharge. Among the several patient factors
analyzed to explain the difference in knowledge levels, only age
was consistently significant. Positive effort was recommended to
educate the patient for adequate ambulant or home treatment.
|KEYWORDS: HEALTH EDUCATION; SOCIAL LITERACY; SOCIAL