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Reduction of Leprosy Disabilities Through Self-Care Group “Payung Meureuleuy”: A Case Study in Tripa Makmur Sub District, Nagan Raya Regency

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Background: Indonesia has the third-highest number of deformity cases caused by Leprosy after India and Brazil. In 2015, there were 23 cases in Nagan Raya District, Aceh Province, Indonesia, 15 of them were categorized as leprosy disabilities, associated to the self-care group “Payoeng Meureuleuy.” This study aimed to determine the strategy in decreasing the effect of leprosy deformity through self-care group “Payoeng Meureuleuy” in Tripa Makmur Sub-District, Nagan Raya Regency. Method: This study was a qualitative research, by observing, guiding, and interviewing leprosy suspects in six months, from October 4th to April 15th. The population of this study was all patients with leprosy recorded in the medical records of Nagan Raya Health Office, Aceh Province, in 2015. Results: The results showed that family support, personal hygiene, group support, changing stigma, and leprosy disabilities care increased by implementing the guidance strategy during six months through the self-care group “Payoeng Meureuleuy” in Tripa Makmur Sub-District, Nagan Raya Regency. Conclusion: It is recommended that the medical staff develop many self-care groups for continuous guidance on leprosy deformity suspects. Additionally, comprehensive knowledge to the family in dealing with leprosy, support and motivation in practicing self-care are needed.
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Keywords: Family Support; Group Support; Leprosy; Personal Hygiene; Self-Care Group

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Public Health Faculty of Teuku Umar University, Meulaboh, 23617, Indonesia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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