A Peer Review of the Assessment of Knowledge and Treatment Seeking Behavior among Tuberculosis and Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Patients: A Case Control Study

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.06.03.Art008

Authors : Francis Farai Chikuse, Pathcare Namibia


This review is an intellectual plot line of an article by Dr. Shiv Kumar Yadav et al., (2015) titled “Assessment of Knowledge and Treatment Seeking Behavior among Tuberculosis (TB) and Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Patients”. The researchers used unmatched case control study to explore the knowledge on causes, mode of spread, duration of treatment among drug susceptible TB (controls) and MDR-TB (cases) participants. A pre-tested, standardized semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect data which was presented in tables and graphs. In this review, attempt will be made to provide a constructive, supportive and fair assessment of the article based on how it is written. This study revealed that there is wide gap in knowledge and treatment initiation among drug susceptible TB and drug resistant TB patients. Furthermore, this review will analyze the structure, content and relevance of the article in addressing knowledge and health seeking behavior among MDR-TB and TB patients. Numerous articles (Finnie et al., 2011, Skordis-Worrall, Hanson & Mills, 2010; Mavhu et al, 2010; Yimer, Bjune & Alene, 2005) have focused on diagnosis and treatment initiation delays among TB patients. Therefore, this review will identify both the strengths and weaknesses of this article with respect to this subject area and will proffer some supportive suggestions for improvement.

keywords: Drug Sensitive Testing, Health Seeking Behavior, Unmatched Case Control Study, Knowledge, Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, Drug Susceptible Tuberculosis, Treatment.


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