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A STUDY OF SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE OF DEFAULTERS AND THE FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEFAULTING IN ONE OF THE TUBERCULOSIS UNIT OF GANDHINAGAR DISTRICT

Anand Shailesh, Mamtarani* and Kavishvar Abhay

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Context: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health concern in India. Every year there are about 1.8 million new cases of TB and among them 0.8 million are infectious cases of sputum smear positive pulmonary TB. Aims: was to study the socio-Demographic profile of defaulters and the factors responsible for defaulters. Settings and Design: This was a cross-sectional study carried out among defaulters of one of Tuberculin unit. Materials and Material: Secondary data collection was done from District Tuberculosis Centre using a semi structured questionnaire. Statistical Analysis Used: Data Entry and Analysis was done using excel software. Results: Maximum numbers of defaulters were observed in the age group between 35-44 years. The proportion of defaulters decreased uniformly with increasing educational status. Drug toxicity was one of the main reasons for defaulting. Conclusion: Drug toxicity is the most common reason for defaulting, so counselling should be done for this.

Keywords: Defaulter, Tuberculosis Unit, Tuberculosis.


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