Tuberculosis was declared as global
emergency epidemic in 1993 by WHO (Pioet
al., 1998). Imran et al., (2009) had discussed few reasons of patient noncompliance
with anti TB therapy in Pakistan.This study explained some other causes of
patients non-compliance with anti TB therapy non-compliance was maximum within
first three months due to less awareness that adherence with therapy is
very important for complete cure (38.34%), big size of tablets (31.25%), side
effects of the drug (18.75%), use of complementary and alternative medicines
et al.(2003) study is consistent with our study that the biggest cause of
non-compliance in patience is lack of knowledge and awareness regarding disease
and it treatment protocol. Outcome of anti-tuberculosis therapy depends on
patient compliance (Globe et al.,
1993). Non-compliance to therapy can cause drug resistance and relapse of
disease (Weis et al., 1994) and this
leads to raise the burden of tuberculosis globally.
Less awareness about
adherence with therapy is very important for complete cure is the major cause
of non-compliance to tuberculosis therapy in this cross sectional study. So, Patients’ education and
awareness relating to side effects of therapy and importance of complete adherence
with therapy is mandatory to get TB free zone nationally.
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