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Title: STIGMA TOWRADS TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS IN SHASEMENE TOWN
Authors: Hussen, Mekonnen
Advisors: Dr. Mesfine Addisse,Ato Fikre Enquselassie
Keywords: Stigma, Tuberculosis, Feeling, Avoidance
Copyright: 2004
Date Added: 8-May-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: ABSTRACT A community based cross sectional survey was conducted from November 2003 to March 2004 to assess the magnitude of stigma towards tuberculosis patients among the residents of Shashemene town, age 18 years and above. A multistage sampling procedure was used to select 845 study subjects. Both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods were utilized. The study shows that there was a misconception about cause of tuberculosis and its transmission in which majority 90.2% of the respondents reported cold as the major cause of tuberculosis, and 397(48.6%) of the respondents reported that all TB patients are infected with HIV/AIDS. Four hundred ninety one (60.1%) and 400(49%) of respondents reported that eating together and shearing toilet with TB patients, respectively, could transmit TB. Most of the respondents reported the presence of stigma towards tuberculosis patients, in which , 612(74.9%) of the respondents were not willing to disclose their disease status and 364(44.6%) of the respondents also were not willing to allow their child to learn in the same School where a child who have tuberculosis is learning. Five hundred and three (61.6%) of the respondents were not willing a teacher who has got tuberculosis to teach in the school weather he/she has started the treatment. Further more, 391(47.9%) of the respondents were not willing to allow a marriage between their daughter/son with a person who has been cured from tuberculosis. Most participants of the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) sessions reported that all tuberculosis patients were considered to have HIV/AIDS. Thus, careful design and implementation of health education and incorporation of the issues of tuberculosis related stigma along with other programs of TB and HIV/AIDS and further studies to enrich the knowledge about stigma surrounding TB and TB patients are recommended. Key Words: Stigma, Tuberculosis, Feeling, Avoidance
Description: A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in partial fulfillments of the requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Health in the Department of Community Health.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/986
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