||Pamra SP & Mathur GP
||Drug default in an urban community.
|| INDIAN J TB 1967, 14, 199-203.
The study was conducted in 1965-66 to ascertain
whether an additional visit by a senior member of the domiciliary
service staff at the NDTC, such as a Medical Officer or the Chief
Public Health Nurse, could help retrieve defaulting patients, after
three visits by the Health Visitor during a period of 2-3 weeks
had failed. Of the 786 non-cooperators, 531 were visited by the
Chief Public Health Nurse. The results showed that more than half
(58%) of the non-cooperators could be retrieved by the senior staff
member, while 24% completed the treatment thereafter and, 8% were
still continuing. Only partial success was achieved with the remaining
16%. Counting those who did not attend at all (331) and those who
did not complete treatment after being called (73), the experiment
was successful in nearly half the cases (382 out of 786). Therefore,
it is recommended that the health visitors attempts to retrieve
the defaulters must be supplemented by at least one visit from a
senior staff member for maximum effort.
|KEYWORDS: MOTIVATION; DEFAULT; INDIA.