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Community tuberculosis care through "TB clubs" in rural North Ethiopia


  • Demissie, M.
  • Getahun, H.
  • Lindtjørn, B.


Non-compliance is a major problem in the treatment of tuberculosis (TB). This paper assesses the effectiveness of "TB clubs" in improving compliance with TB treatment and their impact in improving societal attitudes associated with TB. The study utilised both quantitative (cohort study) and qualitative (focus group discussion and an in-depth interview) methods. The cohort study was conducted in two rural districts of Northern Ethiopia. A total of 128 sputum positive pulmonary patients were enrolled and followed, 64 in the TB club and 64 in the comparison groups, to determine treatment outcome of anti-TB therapy. The impact of the TB clubs in changing societal attitudes and behaviour associated with TB was assessed using qualitative methods. The treatment completion rate was significantly better (X2=5.41, P

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  • Demissie, M. & Getahun, H. & Lindtjørn, B., 2003. "Community tuberculosis care through "TB clubs" in rural North Ethiopia," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 56(10), pages 2009-2018, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:56:y:2003:i:10:p:2009-2018

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    1. Macq, Jean & Solis, Alejandro & Martinez, Guillermo & Martiny, Patrick & Dujardin, Bruno, 2005. "An exploration of the social stigma of tuberculosis in five "municipios" of Nicaragua to reflect on local interventions," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 74(2), pages 205-217, October.
    2. Zhang, Tuohong & Liu, Xiaoyun & Bromley, Helen & Tang, Shenglan, 2007. "Perceptions of tuberculosis and health seeking behaviour in rural Inner Mongolia, China," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 81(2-3), pages 155-165, May.


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