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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.
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Keywords: collection; disposal; perception; practice; sputum; tuberculosis

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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