Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 29, Number 2
TITLE: Feelings and Experiences of Pulmonary Tuberculosis Patients Who Failed to Take Regular Anti-tuberculosis Treatment Regime at No. 1 Defence Services General Hospital, Mingaladon
AUTHOR: Soe Yu May*, Nwe Nwe Soe, Mi Mi Khin & Htar Htar Soe
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2017
ABSTRACT: This qualitative study revealed the feelings and experiences of participants who failed to take regular anti-tuberculosis (TB) treatment regime at No.1 Defence Services General Hospital (1000-Bedded/Mingaladon). Seven participants who failed to take anti-TB treatment were selected. Data were collected with face-to-face, semi-structured interviews by interview-guided questions and analyzed by content analysis. Five common themes emerged as feelings and experiences at the initial stage of illness, feelings and experiences of being diagnosed as TB, reasons for taking incomplete course, feelings and experiences of re-taking anti-TB treatment and future plan. This study found that most participants suffered from side effects of anti-TB drugs. Some faced with economic problems because of long staying in hospital. Moreover, they encountered discrimination by society and worried about transmission of disease to their families. Providing adequate health information is important responsibilities of health care providers not only in hospital but also in the unit for attaining continuous care. This study suggested that health care providers of military setting must provide information on disease process, ways of transmission, side effects and importance to take full course of treatment regime to patients, family members and military persons through the unit durbar and discussion. These findings recommend to health care providers including nurse in military setting to be aware of feelings of these patients and to provide better understanding and empathetic support.
SUBJECT HEADINGS: Pulmonary tuberculosis, Treatment regime, Feeling