Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 483

Full Length Research Paper

Role of treatment supporters beyond monitoring daily drug intake for TB-patients: Findings from a qualitative study in Nigeria

Richard Olukolade*
  • Richard Olukolade*
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria.
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Abiodun Hassan
  • Abiodun Hassan
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria.
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Queen Ogbuji
  • Queen Ogbuji
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria.
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Seyi Olujimi
  • Seyi Olujimi
  • Infosearch Services Limited, Abuja, Nigeria.
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Lucia Okwuonye
  • Lucia Okwuonye
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria.
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Oluremilekun Kusimo
  • Oluremilekun Kusimo
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria.
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Josephine Okechukwu
  • Josephine Okechukwu
  • Infosearch Services Limited, Abuja, Nigeria.
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John Osho
  • John Osho
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria.
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Kehinde Osinowo
  • Kehinde Osinowo
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria.
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Oladapo Ladipo
  • Oladapo Ladipo
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 03 January 2017
  •  Accepted: 06 February 2017
  •  Published: 30 April 2017

Abstract

This research was conducted in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja of Nigeria and aimed at discovering areas of support needs required by TB patients from Treatment Supporters (TS), from the perspectives of TB patients, as compared to what the managers of TB program consider as ideal support. Here, qualitative design using Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), In-depth Interview (IDI) and Key Informant Interview (KII) were used. From the study, TB patients expressed their support needs while on treatment as follows: (1) monitoring and supervision of daily drug in-take, (2) motivational support to take the drugs as expected, (3) provision of support for feeding (when there is no food or means of eating), and (4) support for provision of transportation cost to visit TB clinic when the need arises. The study thus revealed that left on their own, TB patients may not be committed to taking their drugs and complete their treatment regimen, if any of these supports is lacking while on treatment. Patients with Treatment Supporters who were offered these supports, tend to complete their treatment regimen and not likely to default.

Key words: Tuberculosis, TB patients, supports needs.