Tintu Babu *, Rajeswari Ramasamy , Teena Nazeem , R. Chandramouli , M. Ashwin Krishna , Chinchumol Baby , A. M. Nancy
- Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, Chikka Bellandur, Carmelaram post, Varthurhobli, Bangalore-560 035, India
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: India is marked as world's highest Tuberculosis (TB) burden country in the year 2014 with an estimated incidence of 2.2 million cases.Patient adherence to the standard anti-TB therapy in developing countries has been estimated to be as low as 40%. Therefore we found our study is relevant to the situation.DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY: A prospective- Educational Interventional study was conducted among 113 patients across DOTs centers in and around Bengaluru. Patient's level of knowledge, attitude and practice towards TB were assessed by conducting structured interviews using suitable validated KAP (Knowledge Attitude and Practice) questionnaire.RESULT:Of the 113 patients, 46.9 % were found to have poor KAP, 52.2 % were found to have medium KAP and 0.88% of patients were found to have high KAP during the baseline interview.IMPLICATION AND VALUE OF THE STUDY: A more comprehensive approach for patient education, incorporating easier access to drugs and emphasizing on motivating patients to come to the clinic to receive therapy are essential for completion of treatment course among TB patients.CONCLUSION: Hence this study assessed level of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) among patients with tuberculosis and revealed the need for providing more knowledge about tuberculosis and medications among patients.
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