Aim: To assess the knowledge and satisfaction of the tuberculosis
patients as well as their social acceptance within the community.
Methodology: In this
quantitative descriptive cross-sectional study, multi
stage sampling technique i.e. Stratified-Purposive was used to select the
size for this study was taken as 200 TB patients out of total 668 registered
patients. A semi-structured Interview schedule was used
to collect the data while frequency analysis method
was used to analyze the data.
Results: 80% patients
were aware that TB is an infectious disease while 75% know that it is
preventable. However, 70% respondents considered TB is a non-curable disease
whereas 73% think that it is a fatal. 85% respondents reported that the attitude of
the family members towards them was very much discouraging (25%) or
discouraging (60%). 89% respondents were neglected by the family either to great extent (20%) or to some extent
(69%). Merely 10% TB patients faced positive attitude from their community. 12%
TB patients started treatment from government hospital and 8.5% from TB
hospital/ Center from day first.
Conclusion: Sufficient knowledge
and awareness regarding TB as a disease and health seeking behavior was
deficient among the respondents. Lack of social acceptance by the family and
community for the TB patients may be a big reason for high dissatisfaction of
patients regarding health and current life situation..
patients, knowledge, satisfaction, social acceptance, Pakistan.