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Table 3 Perceptions of tuberculosis

From: Knowledge and perception of tuberculosis and the risk to become treatment default among newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis patients treated in primary health care, East Nusa Tenggara: a retrospective study

Variables Treatment default (n, %) Finished treatment (n, %) Odds ratio to become dropout (95% CI) P
Score perception of TB* 8 (2.5–10) 9 (7–10)   
 TB is a life threatening disease for me
  Agree 31 (68.9) 227 (89.0) 3.7 (1.7–7.7) <0.001
  Disagree 14 (31.1) 28 (11.0)   
 TB is caused by a curse
  Agree 21 (46.7) 60 (23.5) 2.8 (1.5–5.5) 0.002
  Disagree 24 (53.3) 195 (76.5)   
 I have made a sin therefore I got TB
  Agree 22 (48.9) 61 (23.9) 3.0 (1.6–5.8) <0.001
  Disagree 23 (51.1) 194 (76.1)   
 I am ashamed because I got TB
  Agree 26 (57.8) 97 (38.0) 2.2 (1.2–4.2) 0.015
  Disagree 19 (42.2) 158 (62.0)   
 TB treatment is available at Puskesmas
  Agree 29 (64.4) 224 (87.8) 4.0 (198–8.2) <0.001
  Disagree 16 (35.6) 31 (12.2)   
 TB treatment is expensive for me
  Agree 21 (46.7) 70 (27.5) 2.3 (1.2–4.4) 0.011
  Disagree 24 (53.3) 185 (72.5)   
 TB patients must be isolated from the community
  Agree 20 (44.4) 60 (23.5) 2.6 (1.4–5.0) 0.004
  Disagree 25 (55.6) 195 (76.5)   
 TB needs a serious treatment
  Agree 31 (68.9) 231 (90.6) 4.3 (2.0–9.3) <0.001
  Disagree 14 (31.1) 24 (9.4)   
 I have to follow the treatment routinely
  Agree 31 (68.9) 239 (93.7) 6.7 (3.0–15.1) <0.001
  Disagree 14 (31.1) 16 (6.3)   
 I can be cured if treated in Puskesmas
  Agree 31 (68.9) 234 (91.8) 5.0 (2.3–10.9) <0.001
  Disagree 14 (31.1) 21 (8.2)   
  1. * Data are presented as median and IQR, Chi Square test, significant at p < 0.05.