Journal article

Public and/or private health care: tuberculosis patients' perspectives in Myanmar.

Saw Saw, Lenore Manderson, Mridula Bandyopadhyay, Than Tun Sein, Myo Myo Mon, Win Maung

Health Research Policy and Systems | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is a major public health problem in Myanmar as in other developing countries. About 73% of TB patients seek care at private general practitioners' clinics before presenting to the public TB centre, raising questions about how best to prevent transmission and maintain treatment regimens. METHOD: The study was conducted in two townships in Yangon Division in Myanmar in 2004, and examined treatment seeking behaviour of TB patients and their views towards public and private health care services. This was an exploratory descriptive study. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were employed in data collection from TB patients, health care professionals, and me..

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