b) Measures to Improve Treatment Adherence
AU : Seetha MA, Srikantaramu N, Aneja KS & Hardan Singh
TI : Influence of motivation of patients and their family members on the drug collection by patients.
SO : INDIAN J TB 1981, 28, 182-190.
DT : Per
AB :

A controlled study was conducted at LWTDTC, Bangalore, among 250 randomly selected urban patients of pulmonary TB of whom 155 were in the ‘motivation’ group and 95 were in the ‘control’ group. In the motivation group, patients were interviewed by NTI Health Visitor and motivated by LWC staff; a month of drugs (TH) were given. Within 3 days of initiation of treatment they were motivated along with their household members during home visit by NTI staff every month for a period of three months. Control group patients were motivated at the clinic as per the programme guidelines.

In the motivation group, 59.9% of patients had made all the three collections during the first three months compared to 27.8% in the ‘control’ group. During the remaining months also the drug collection was 47% and 35.6% respectively. The drug collection pattern among the patients in the motivation group was found to be better than among the patients in control group who did not have the benefit of home visiting. Sputum conversion was also found accordingly better among the motivation group as compared to control group.