Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the dreadful disease of the modern era. Till date many of the diseases have been conquered and some have been eradicated from the community. Despite achieving many milestones in various fields of medicine, the incidence of tuberculosis remains as high and it is the one of the top 10 causes of death globally1. The causative organism of tuberculosis was discovered more than 100 years ago and highly effective drugs and vaccine were available making tuberculosis a preventable and curable disease. Though, the current global picture of tuberculosis shows continued progress, yet tuberculosis continuous to be major public health problem2.India has highly diversified population with notable socioeconomic and cultural differences. Regardless of the differences, short course directly observed treatment, where patients should take drugs under direct observation of health care providers, is uniformly applied all over the country. In order to gain a better understanding of being a patient taking tuberculosis treatment and to improve adherence to treatment, this phenomenological study was conducted to explore the lived experience of patients on tuberculosis treatment. Patients underwent treatment from Primary health centre were included. Twenty one patients, who consented to in the study, were selected by a convenience sampling method. In-depth interview was conducted using a semi-structured interview guide.The interview was audio recorded; and field notes were also taken. Data analysis was done concurrently with the data collection using a word processor designed for qualitative text analysis. Inductive Thematic analysis was undertaken and some of the main themes as influence of personal social situation, good social support and disclosure, experience of taking medication daily and knowledge about tuberculosis treatment. The findings revealed that the personal social situations of the participants which include accommodation, unemployment and nutritional requirements influenced the adherence of the participants to treatment. It was discovered that good social support had an influence on adherence which could only be enjoyed when the treatment and diagnosis of tuberculosis is disclosed to the famil
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 7, Issue 9

Page(s): 236 - 243
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