Factors associated with patient delay in accessing pulmonary tuberculosis care, Gezira State, Sudan, 2009
ResumoAnalyses of patient delays in seeking treatment for tuberculosis [TB] provide useful evidence for national TB control programmes. The objectives of this study in Gezira State/ Sudan were to estimate the extent of, and factors associated with, pulmonary TB patient delay in accessing care. A cross-sectional phase was conducted to determine the length of delay, followed by a nested case-control phase comparing patients delaying above or below the median time. The mean patient delay was 27.2 days, median 4 days [range 0-365 days]. There were no significant differences between case and control groups in terms of age/ sex, marital status, educational level or smoking status. However, patients living in urban areas, with low income status and who were housewives or unemployed were more likely to delay. Also patients with a history of contact with a TB patient, those who suspected TB and those with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were more likely to delay
Mohamed, E.Y., Abdalla, S.M., Khamis, A.A., Abdelbadea, A. & Abdelgadir, M.A. (2013). Factors associated with patient delay in accessing pulmonary tuberculosis care, Gezira State, Sudan, 2009. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118421
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 19 (2), 114-118, 2013
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