THE NON-COMPLIANCE TO TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT AMONG PATIENTS SUFFERING TUBERCULOSIS

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THE NON-COMPLIANCE TO TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT AMONG PATIENTS SUFFERING TUBERCULOSIS

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to identify factors contributing to non-compliance to TB treatment amongst pulmonary TB patients in Nigeria . The health-belief model was the conceptual framework which guided this study. A quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive study design was used. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire administered by trained data collectors. Data was collected from 215 respondents. Informed consent was obtained from each respondent prior to data collection. MS Excel and SPSS were used to analyse data. Findings on significant factors contributing to noncompliance to TB treatment include; non-availability of food whilst taking TB treatment, disbelief in the fact that TB can result in death if not treated, belief in traditional medicine for curing TB, bad healthcare worker attitudes, long distance to the clinic for treatment, belief that TB treatment takes very long and the pill burden.

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