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TB Client's Characteristic's, Knowledge and Compliance with Tuberculosis-Directly Observed Short Course (DOTS Practices) .
|1Richard L. Bartolata
To determined the characteristics of the TB Clients and to evaluate their level of knowledge on tuberculosis and TB-DOTS and compliance with DOTS practices.
The TB client's characteristics, knowledge and perceptions about TB are important in influencing health-seeking behavior considering the unique issues related to its's long-term medications and compliance. Thus, this study determined the characteristics of the TB Clients and to evaluate their level of knowledge on tuberculosis and TB-DOTS and compliance with DOTS practices.
The findings show that the TB clients in Albay are predominantly middle-aged, married males. Most are of college level, either unemployed or employed as skilled laborers with an average monthly income of below Low-Income Segment (below P 9, 061.00 per month). Generally, TB Clients have high level of knowledge about Tuberculosis and TB DOTS. Overall TB DOTS practices are sometimes complied with by TB clients and there are TB DOTS practices that are not fully observed by the TB Clients.
Using the findings and conclusions, the researchers recommend the following: 1) The NTP implementers may utilize all sources of information about tuberculosis and its treatment; 2) The NTP implementers must emphasize the importance of a wide array of interventions to promote adherence to medication regimen and compliance with TB DOTS practices; 3) The NTP implementers must develop strategies for TB clients to keep appointments at the treatment center; 4) The NTP coordinators need to assign a treatment partner who is accessible, acceptable, reliable and concerned to support the completion of treatment; and 5) a further study be conducted to assess the health promotion capacity of local government units.