A Study to assess the Knowledge Regarding Pulmonary Tuberculosis among Family Members in Selected Rural area, Sri Ganaganagar District, Rajasthan
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Tuberculosis is a major public health problem globally, and India has the largest number of TB patients throughout the world. Correct knowledge regarding tuberculosis in the community are essential for the effective functioning of control programs.
To assess the knowledge, regarding tuberculosis among the rural family members in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, as tuberculosis is more prevalent in rural areas.
Materials and Methods
A community-based, cross-sectional study was carried out in 6A Chotti Village, a rural area in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, in April-May 2016. All family members aged between 18 years to 60 years who were permanent residents of the study area were included in the study.50 samples were taken for the study. A predesigned and pretested questionnaire was used as a study tool. Data collection was done by house-to-house survey. Data analysis was done by descriptive statistics; informed oral consent was obtained from all the participants.
This study is revealed that the majority of most of the family members having knowledge average knowledge 26 (52%) regarding pulmonary Tuberculosis. Only 4 (8%) having good knowledge regarding TB and 22(44%) belongs to poor category.
Intervention measures in the form of IEC activities should be carried out in rural areas to increase the awareness regarding tuberculosis.
Knowledge, tuberculosis, family members, rural area.