||Reasons for failure in treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis
||TUBERCLE 1984, 65, 17-21.
This study was undertaken to determine the number
of patients who started anti-TB treatment at the TB Centre in Addis
Ababa, but never completed a full regular course for one year. There
were 460 or 6 percent of all the TB patients that were treated for
the disease in this period. The reasons for treatment failure were
analyzed. Although the commonest cause of default was clinical improvement
before completion of therapy, many of the reasons related to the
socio-economic situation and cultural background in Ethiopia. Despite
defaulting, there was sputum conversion to negative in 85 percent
of these cases, which is a good result for unsupervised TB chemotherapy,
in a country such as Ethiopia.
|KEYWORDS: DEFAULT; SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR; ETHIOPIA.