Impact of mass media on knowledge about tuberculosis control among homemakers in Delhi
OBJECTIVE: To study the reach of mass media campaigns and their impact on awareness about tuberculosis (TB) control among homemakers/housewives.
DESIGN: A community-based cross-sectional survey among homemakers residing in Delhi for more than 6 months.
RESULTS: Of a total of 920 women interviewed, about 74.2% had seen specific TB-related health messages in one or more of the mass media. The maximum number of subjects could recall having seen billboards or television campaigns. The percentage of respondents who had correct information about various aspects of the disease was higher among those who had seen TB campaigns on any of the mass media. The effectiveness of radio and newsprint in communicating TB messages was found to be more limited than that of television and billboards.
CONCLUSION: The mass media can be effective in getting messages about TB across to the community of women who are homemakers, especially in developing countries. In view of our findings, it may be recommended that television and billboards be used as tools for reaching out to them with specific campaigns regarding TB control, and that the use of these media should be strengthened further.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Publication date: 2007-08-01
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