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Title: Knowledge, attitude and practices of tuberculosis patients regarding anti tuberculosis drugs in Katakwii General Hospital
Authors: Emmanuel, Okotel
Keywords: Anti-Tuberculosis drugs
Knowledge, attitude and practices of tuberculosis patients
Katakwii General Hospital
Issue Date: Apr-2017
Publisher: Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
Abstract: Although TB care is provided free of charge in Uganda, there are still very few patients who go for testing and even those who are diagnosed voluntarily interrupt their treatment before the end. This is a major obstacle in the fight against the disease therefore a study to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of tuberculosis patients regarding anti TB drugs at Katakwii general hospital, in March 2017 has helped the community to adapt new methods and knowledge about TB treatment. Objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices of TB patients regarding anti TB drugs. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was employed. Data was generated from 55 respondents both out patients and inpatients departments. A convenient sampling technique was employed in the selection of only patients aged 18 years and above who consented to participate in the study. The data was analyzed using quantitative methods and presented in form of pie charts, tables and bar. Results: Among the respondents 47.2% (26) knew that TB is a disease that affects lungs and organs of the body caused by a germ (mycobacterium) and 45% (25) knew TB preventive measures as encouraging TB suspects and patients to always cover their mouth with hand kerchief when coughing, sneezing, sighing and taking all the drugs as recommended by the health workers. Almost all the respondents interviewed 98.2% (54) believed that people with TB should get treatment and 52.7% (29) said that they will go to the hospital to get treatment while 40.9% (22) knew that all suspected TB patients must be reported to VHT,hospital and immunizations of all children under 5 years against TB were current preventive measures. Conclusion: This study recorded better general knowledge and attitude towards anti TB drugs although there were misconceptions about meaning, signs and symptoms, cause, prevention, cure, treatment modality and isolation, discrimination and social stigma were reported. This finding justifies the need to incorporate patients’ education into current integrated immunization outreach program.
Description: A research report submitted to Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examination Board in partial fulfillment for the award of a Diploma in Nursing Science
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