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Free Content Pasting together the preventive therapy puzzle [Short communication]

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In children, the effectiveness of preventive therapy (PT) for tuberculosis (TB) will always be dependent upon the care giver's behaviour, as this determines adherence. We briefly describe the knowledge, attitudes and intended behaviours in care givers of young children referred for PT in a resource-constrained setting with high TB rates. These early efforts describe one critical piece of the PT puzzle: uptake. More behavioural research is needed to understand how the many pieces of this puzzle should be assembled to improve PT usage in children.
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Keywords: children; latent tuberculosis infection; paediatrics; theory of planned behaviour

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Research on Health and Society, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa 2: Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa; Section on Retrovirology and Global Health, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA; Center for Global Health, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA

Publication date: 2013-02-01

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