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|Title: ||Health-seeking behaviour of tuberculosis patients and related factors in the Central region of Ghana|
|Authors: ||Sylverken, Augustina Angelina|
Dogbe, J. A.
|Issue Date: ||Dec-2013|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Science and Technology|
|Citation: ||Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 33, No. 3 (2013), pp27-38 27|
|Abstract: ||The health seeking behaviour of TB patients and health service related barriers have been cited
to have an influence on the management of the disease in countries with high incidence of TB.
Using close and open-ended questionnaires, an assessment of the health seeking behaviour of
302 TB patients selected from 24 DOTS centres in six districts in the Central Region of Ghana
was carried out. Under service-related barriers, distance from home to DOTS centre significantly
impacted on the management of TB among sufferers (p=0.025). Though not significant,
patients acknowledged the good reception by staff at treatment centres with 99.3% of them being
comfortable with staff and services provided at centres. Majority (46.7%) of patients perceived
TB to be caused by the oral route while only 9.3% knew the causative agent to be bacteria. Compared
with males, quite a number of women did not have adequate knowledge on TB (p<0.05).
More than half of the respondents sought treatment elsewhere as first point of treatment before
reporting to the DOTS centre. Health insurance played an important role in the health seeking
behaviour of respondents; 45.9% of TB patients with health insurance visited the health facility
as 1st provider whilst 49.4% without health insurance visited prayer camps (p=0.001). Our study
has revealed that factors such as staff attitude, distance to treatment centres, gender, employment
and education are key factors that affect the health-seeking behaviour of TB patients in the
Central Region of Ghana.|
|Description: ||An article published byJournal of Science and Technology|
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