The problem of non-attendance at a paediatric tuberculosis outpatient clinic.
A total of 146 children receiving treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital over a 5-year period were studied in order to determine tje pattern of attendance, factors responsible for non-completion of treatment and the health status of non-attenders.
There were 70 (48%) non-attenders and the mean duration of treatment before default was 20 weeks (range: 4-60).
The factors mitigating against treatment completion included low maternal education level, disruptive family events and equating disappearance of the tuberculosis symptoms with cure of the disease.
Of the non-attenders, 51 (72.9%) practised self-medication with the anti-tuberculosis drugs, often given intermittently and beyond the period otherwise allowable.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tuberculose, Mycobactériose, Bactériose, Infection, Poumon, Echec, Traitement, Observance thérapeutique, Enfant, Homme, Nigéria, Afrique, Facteur risque, Programme sanitaire, Poumon pathologie, Appareil respiratoire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Tuberculosis, Mycobacterial infection, Bacteriosis, Infection, Lung, Failure, Treatment, Treatment compliance, Child, Human, Nigeria, Africa, Risk factor, Sanitary program, Lung disease, Respiratory disease
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Cote : 94-0014409
Code Inist : 002B05B02E. Création : 199406.