||Treatment default of tuberculosis patients in a domiciliary
service clinic at Lucknow.
||INDIAN J TB 1968, 15, 107-112.
To understand the reasons for TB patients
default in treatment behaviour, data available at the Rajendra Nagar
TB Clinic, Lucknow, from patients registered during 1964-66, were
analysed. 3,609 (43%) cases out of 8,374 patients proven to have
pulmonary TB were given treatment. The particulars and behaviours
towards treatment, of these patients, is described. Initial and
subsequent defaulters were reminded to resume treatment through:
1) a personal appeal posted to the defaulter (Type 1 action), 2)
a local community leader or the head of the office was requested
by post to persuade the patient (Type II action), 3) a member of
the staff personally contacted the patient (Type III action). Default
was not associated with gender, distance or severity of TB. Retrieved
patients versions for possible causes of default were more
reasonable than those who did not come back to treatment. Some suggestions
to reduce default are offered.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR; DEFAULT; INDIA.