||Grange JM & Festenstein F
||The human dimension of tuberculosis control.
|| TUBERCLE & LUNG DIS 1993, 74, 219-222.
A case is made for devoting serious attention to
the human element in reducing the world-wide incidence of TB. Poor
patient compliance remains the principal cause of treatment failure
in both developing and developed nations. Contributory factors to
treatment failure include the lack of effective communication between
national TB services and private practitioners, physicians
attitudes, behaviour and lack of understanding of cultural differences
in patients attitudes to TB, its diagnosis and therapy. Other
local factors affecting compliance, the relationship between education
and TB control and human factors that impact anti-TB programmes
at the national and international levels are discussed.
|KEYWORDS: COMPLIANCE; SOCIAL ASPECTS; UK.