||Sen PK & Nundy GS
||Fall-out and irregularities - Domiciliary chemotherapy.
|| INDIAN J CHEST DIS 1964, 6, 200-210
To determine the extent and causes of Fall-out
(premature abandonment of chemotherapy) and Irregularities (chemotherapy
continued with interruption), 1,274 TB cases registered at the domiciliary
treatment section of the Chest Department, Medical College, Calcutta,
were accepted for study. Among 668 who stopped attending the clinic,
277 (21.74%) fell-out (most fell-out within the first 3 months suggesting
that home visits and other efforts for patient recall should be
intensified at this time). After quiescence of lesions and stoppage
of chemotherapy, 21.28% (of 329 cases) fell-out during a follow-up
of 1-7 years, with the trend showing an increase in fall-out with
time. The Irregulars who had at least 3 months of treatment (854
cases) were defined as Major and, Minor and Regular cases. Comparative
studies of these two groups with regard to several factors revealed
that the Irregulars fared much worse than the Regulars except in
the group with minimal (extent I) lesions. Suggestions are offered
to decrease the above problems.
|KEYWORDS: DEFAULT; INDIA.