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J Pak Med Assoc. 2001 Jan;51(1):10-6.

Health care seeking behavior of pulmonary tuberculosis patients visiting TB Center Rawalpindi.

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  • 1DOTS Project TB Center, Rawalpindi.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the health care seeking behavior of TB patients in seeking care and health care providers for delivering care.

DESIGN:

Cross sectional descriptive survey. The interviewers administered a standardized open-ended questionnaire after training and pre-testing.

SETTING:

Federal Government TB Center, Rawalpindi. (specialized TB clinic).

SUBJECT:

One hundred and sixty newly registered TB patients at TB Center, Rawalpindi between 20 November to 21 December 1998.

RESULTS:

Prior to their consulting TB Center, 96% patients had already reported to a health care provider, i.e., to first, second or third health care providers. OF 154 patients, 48 were diagnosed as TB and only 29 (19%) of them received antituberculosis treatment. Most of the patients 118 (77%) consulted the health care provider within three weeks time.

CONCLUSION:

Delay is more on part of health care providers than on patients. Proper implementation of guidelines of TB program with public-private sector collaboration and continuing education of health care providers is necessary.

PMID:
11255991
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