CHALLENGES PERCEIVED BY THE PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS IN TB NOTIFICATION AT DISTRICT SHAHDOL, MADHYA PRADESH: A MIXED-METHOD STUDY

Rajesh Pandey, Akash Ranjan Singh, Vikrant Kabirpanthi, K. Shubhash Chandra Bose, Jagriti Diwedi, Rajesh Mishra

Abstract


Objective: To assess the determinants and challenges perceived by the private practitioners (PP) for TB notification in district Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh in year 2018.

Methodology: A mixed-method study design: quantitative phase (descriptive cross sectional study) qualitative phase (2 Focus group discussion of PPs with manual content analysis).

Result: Of the 17 PPs, all were aware that TB notification is mandatory but none was aware about the notification process. Only 53% reported sufficient or strong support from RNTCP for notification and 18% reported at-least one notification in last one year. The perceive barriers in notification were lack of visit by healthcare workers, training, trust on programme and fear to loose patient while notification.

Conclusion: The TB notification by PPs in district Shahdol is unsatisfactory. Study recommends programme should make serious efforts to gain trust of PPs through ensure visit, regular training, timely disbursement of honorarium to ensure  mandatory TB notification.

Keywords


Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, Private noti

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