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Lung India Official publication of Indian Chest Society  
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Year : 1987  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-14

Drug Default In Pulmonary Tuberculosis - A Jhansi Study

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B. M Goyal

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Over two years, 262 patients on domiciliary treatment were studied for drug default. 57 were regular (21.7%) in drug taking 205 (78.3%) were defaulters. Amonst the defaulters, 73.4% of cases were males. There was no significant difference in prevalence rate of defaulters belonging to joint (70.6%) or unitary (72.6%) families. Illiterates (77.4%) formed the major bulk of defaulters. Poverty (80.2%) was the main factor in irregularity of taking the drugs, even though 66.9% of cases had multiple causes for being a defaulter. Retrieval action did not produce any appreciable response.

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