Sputum collection and disposal among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in coastal South India [Short communication]
Abstract:BACKGROUND: Safe sputum disposal practices minimise the spread of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB).
OBJECTIVES: To study the perceptions and practices of sputum disposal among PTB patients.
METHODOLOGY: This study was conducted among 206 diagnosed sputum-positive TB patients registered in selected DOTS centres in Mangalore.
RESULTS: Safe sputum disposal practice was followed by 50% of the subjects: it was higher among females (62%), patients of middle socio-economic status (75.5%) and those with a family history of TB (70%). Furthermore, 75% patients believed that TB was caused by several factors.
CONCLUSIONS: High proportions of subjects were unaware about the causes of TB and did not practise safe disposal of sputum.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, India 2: Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India
Publication date: 2013-05-01
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