n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Social and professional support of tuberculosis patients on treatment at health services in Vhembe district, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Tuberculosis (TB) is a global health concern, with an estimated 8.9 million new cases worldwide in 2004 and two million deaths each year. Tuberculosis remains a global health threat despite availability of treatment for over 50 years. The study explored the social and professional support to Tuberculosis patients whilst on TB treatment at health services of Vhembe district in Limpopo Province, South Africa. An explorative descriptive research design, using qualitative methodology was adopted. The population consisted of all TB patients on TB treatment from their 3rd month of treatment. Purposive sampling was used to select five clinics and eleven participants for the study. A semi-structured interview was conducted to explore the experiences of TB patients in relation to their treatment. Tesch's eight steps of data analysis were used to analyse data. Measures to ensure trustworthiness and ethical issues were ensured. The results of the study revealed that TB patients experienced challenges when taking TB treatments. They lacked social support by some family members, colleagues', employers and health professionals and lack social grant leading to poor social support. Recommendations of this study included education of the social and professional support of TB patients whilst on treatment.

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