Table 3

Perceptions toward adherence

Adherence items

Frequency

Percent


Most important thing that helps TB patients stay on treatment for 6 months

They stick to the rules of treatment

323

31.8

They want to show others that TB is like any other curable disease

159

15.6

They don't drink or smoke while on treatment

147

14.5

They want to be cured so they can get on with their lives

124

12.2

They have a sympathetic DOTS volunteer who helps them stay on treatment

87

8.6

They have support from family and friends

72

7.1

They have enough food to eat

43

4.2

They don't listen when people gossip about them

38

3.7

They are strong willed

23

2.3

Total

1016

100

First main reason TB patients stop taking their treatment before they are cured

They feel better and think they are cured

547

53.8

They are afraid people will talk badly about them when they go to the clinic to collect their pills

289

28.4

They do not want to be seen standing in the same queue as people collecting Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs)

94

9.2

They forget to take their medicine because they drink and smoke

64

6.3

They are irresponsible and cannot be bothered to take their medicine

21

2.1

Their families and friends are not supportive

2

0.2

Total

1017

100

Second main reason TB patients stop taking their treatment before they are cured

They forget to take their medicine because they drink and smoke

414

41.2

They are irresponsible and cannot be bothered to take their medicine

244

24.3

They do not want to be seen standing in the same queue as people collecting ARVs

128

12.7

Their families and friends are not supportive

122

12.1

They are afraid people will talk badly about them when they go to the clinic to collect their pills

75

7.5

They feel better and think they are cured

22

2.2

Total

1005

100


Cramm et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:72   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-72

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