AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Factors contributing to non-compliance to pulmonary tuberculosis treatment among patients in Waterberg District Limpopo Province

by Cindy Nolungiselelo Dladla

Institution: University of South Africa
Year: 2013
Keywords: Non-compliance; Tuberculosis; Health-belief model
Record ID: 1450336
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/9268


The purpose of this study was to identify factors contributing to non-compliance to TB treatment amongst pulmonary TB patients in Waterberg district, Limpopo. The health-belief model was the conceptual framework which guided this study. A quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive study design was used. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire administered by trained data collectors. Data was collected from 215 respondents. Informed consent was obtained from each respondent prior to data collection. MS Excel and SPSS were used to analyse data. Findings on significant factors contributing to noncompliance to TB treatment include; non-availability of food whilst taking TB treatment, disbelief in the fact that TB can result in death if not treated, belief in traditional medicine for curing TB, bad healthcare worker attitudes, long distance to the clinic for treatment, belief that TB treatment takes very long and the pill burden