|Title:||Factors associated with treatment default by tuberculosis patients in Fez, Morocco|
|Abstract:||Interruption in tuberculosis [TB] treatment still remains the most important challenge for control of the disease. This study aimed to identify the determinants of TB treatment default in Fez, Morocco. A 1:2 pair-matched case-control study was carried out in the TB control units in Fez. Cases were defaulters to TB treatment and were matched by age and sex to non-defaulters [controls]. Of the 320 patients [108 defaulters, 212 controls], 80.6% were male. The main reason for defaulting reported by patients was the sensation of being cured. Predictive factors for treatment default in the multivariate conditional logistic regression analysis, were: relapsed case [adjusted OR = 4.49; 95% CI: 1.87-10.8], current smoking [aOR = 2.10; 95% CI: 1.07-4.14], alcohol use [aOR = 2.92; 95% CI: 1.04-8.19], being more than 30 minutes away from the health centre [aOR = 3.34; 95% CI: 1.06-10.5] and perception of having received insufficient explanation about the disease [aOR = 2.87; 95% CI: 1.53-5.36]. The rate of defaulting in Fez can be lowered through targeted and realistic measures|
|Description:||687 - 693|
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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