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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Health-seeking behaviour of pulmonary tuberculosis patients in a district in Uganda

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

Uganda is yet to achieve its Tuberculosis control target of detecting at least 70% of new smear positive cases and successfully treating at least 85% of such cases. A key barrier to achieving these targets seems to be poor health-seeking behaviour among Tuberculosis patients. The objective of this article is to present the factors associated with poor health-seeking behaviour of pulmonary Tuberculosis patients in Butaleja district, Uganda. A qualitative exploratory and descriptive study was conducted. Data were collected through individual in-depth interviews with a convenience sample of seven patients diagnosed with pulmonary Tuberculosis, and analysed through a thematic approach. Three themes emerged from the data, reflecting the participants' health-seeking behaviour. The themes were the nature of health-seeking behaviour, factors associated with the health-seeking behaviour and advice to others experiencing similar symptoms. The findings indicate that the health-seeking behaviour of the participants was generally poor, characterised by delay in seeking medical treatment for Tuberculosis. Individual, social and health system factors contributed to poor health-seeking behaviour amongst the participants. The results indicate a need for a concerted multi-stakeholder effort and prompt interventions to improve health-seeking behaviour for pulmonary Tuberculosis.

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2014-09-01
2020-09-23

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