Awareness and practices of private medical practitioners regarding pulmonary tuberculosis in Mangalore, India

Kulkarni, Vaman and Bajpai, A and *, Unnikrishnan B and Kanchan, Tanuj and *, Mohan K. Papanna and *, Nithin Kumar and Holla, Ramesh and Thapar, Rekha (2014) Awareness and practices of private medical practitioners regarding pulmonary tuberculosis in Mangalore, India. Medical Science, 7 (23). pp. 8-14.

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Our aim was to assess the awareness levels of private practitioners regarding Directly Observed Treatment, Short course (DOTS) guidelines and to assess their management practices. Private practitioners in Mangalore who had treated at least one case of pulmonary tuberculosis in the previous year were included. Purposive sampling technique was used to select the participants. The participants were provided with a pre-tested, semi-structured questionnaire. The responses were analysed using SPSS v 11.A total of 112 private practitioners were included.The awareness levels were low in relation to diagnostic aspects of Pulmonary tuberculosis as 58% knew cough >2 weeks as the chief symptom of PTB and 7.1% preferred sputum microscopy. The prescription practices appeared to be good as 98.2% correctly mentioned the antibiotics that can be prescribed to a tuberculosis suspect and 67.9% followed prescribing Fixed Dose Combinations. Few participants (13.4%) knew the definition of a tuberculosis treatment defaulter, whereas most of them (76.8%) knew the category for treatment of a tuberculosis treatment defaulter.The present research shows that the awareness levels were low among the private practitioners and the practices were found to be inappropriate in cases. Hence, it is suggested to train them under the existing public-private mix of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme. Their practices should be supervised through appropriate mechanism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Awareness; TB; private practitioners; south India.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2014 07:30
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 07:30

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