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Knowledge and Attitude of DOT Providers in Tuberculosis Unit of Patiala

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Author(s): Amanpreet Kaur | Rajinder Singh Balgir | Paramjeet Kaur | Vikram Gupta

Journal: Online Journal of Health & Allied Sciences
ISSN 0972-5997

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Tuberculosis | DOTS provider | Knowledge | Attitude

ABSTRACT
Introduction: The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) has been implemented in the country for close to a decade now. DOT providers are primarily responsible for the success of the programme at the field level by giving a VIP status to the patient in the programme. The present study is an attempt to know the knowledge and attitude of DOT providers about TB and its treatment. Material and methods: A pre-tested questionnaire was used to seek information from DOT providers about their knowledge and attitude regarding tuberculosis, RNTCP and DOTS. The analysis of association between knowledge regarding TB and training status of the DOT provider was done using chi- square test. Results: Out of 50 DOT providers 37 (74%) were females and 13 (26%) were males. On statistical analysis the knowledge about treatment schedule between trained & untrained DOT Providers was found to be highly Significant. Conclusions: The study highlights the need for training and reorientation courses for DOT providers regarding TB. Constant monitoring and supervision is required by trained staff in Tuberculosis Unit.
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