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Changes in utilization of TB health services in Nepal [Short Communication, Notes from the Field]

Authors: Mohan, C. I.1; Bishai, D.1; Kumar, S.2; ten Asbroek, G.3; Niessen, L.3

Source: The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Volume 9, Number 9, September 2005 , pp. 1054-1056(3)

Publisher: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

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Abstract:

SETTING: Nepal.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of community mobilization and health worker training on tuberculosis (TB) health services utilization.

DESIGN: Questionnaire.

METHODS: The Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Nepal Ministry of Health launched a set of interventions to increase awareness and availability of treatment at government facilities. In 2001 and 2003, a questionnaire was administered to TB patients.

RESULTS: In 2001–2002, 77.3% of women and 80.0% of men with TB symptoms consulted at government facilities, compared to 30% of men and 32% of women in 1997–1999.

CONCLUSION: In the absence of any secular causes, this change can be attributed to the increasing community awareness of availability and quality of DOTS.

Keywords: delay; tuberculosis; utilization

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 2: Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Katmandu, Nepal 3: Institute for Medical Technology Assessment, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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