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SETTING: A tuberculosis institute and a general hospital in Delhi, India.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the awareness of nurses about tuberculosis and to evaluate the differences in awareness, if any, between nurses working in tuberculosis and those in a general hospital.

DESIGN: A pretested questionnaire survey was performed on 213 nurses.

RESULTS: The present study showed that a substantial number of nurses have inadequate knowledge regarding causative factors, the importance of sputum examination, correct doses of routinely used short-course chemotherapy drugs, the minimum duration of short-course chemotherapy, instructions at discharge, and health education for patients and family members. If responding correctly to 75% of the questions asked is taken as the criterion for satisfactory awareness, only 40.2% of tuberculosis nurses and 10.7% of general hospital nurses had a satisfactory level of awareness. There was no effect of increasing age or years of experience on the level of awareness.

CONCLUSIONS: There is a general lack of knowledge regarding various aspects of tuberculosis among nurses. Active interventions are required to improve awareness for a better implementation of the revised national tuberculosis control programme in India.

Keywords: awareness; general hospital; nurses; tuberculosis

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Lala Ram Swaroop (LRS) Institute of Tuberculosis and Allied Diseases, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, India

Publication date: December 1, 1998

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