||Case-holding and treatment failures under a TB clinic
operating rural setting.
|| INDIAN J TB 1990, 37, 145-148.
A retrospective cohort of 996 TB patients, between
Jan. 1986 and Feb. 1987, diagnosed and treated at a rural TB clinic
in 24 Parganas District of West Bengal, was analysed with regard
to case-holding, treatment completion and failure to achieve a successful
result vis-a-vis sputum-positive patients. The overall treatment
completion rate was 67% and sputum-conversion among the bacillary
cases was 57%. The study revealed that the treatment completion
rate in the project area cases, who got home visits and remotivation
in the event of a default in drug collection, was no better than
that of non-project patients who merely got postal reminders. Treatment
compliance rate was significantly better among those below 30 years
of age and females when compared with older and male patients. Other
study results were comparable to those obtained in a DTC TB clinic
in urban conditions.
|KEYWORDS: DEFAULT; CASE HOLDING; INDIA.