Barriers in the access, diagnosis and treatment completion for tuberculosis patients in central and western Nepal: A qualitative study among patients, community members and health care workers.
Sujan Babu Marahatta, Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Deena Giri, Sarina Lama, Komal Raj Rijal, Shiva Raj Mishra, Ashish Shrestha, Pramod Raj Bhattrai, Roshan Kumar Mahato, Bipin Adhikari
PLOS ONE | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Nepal has achieved a significant reduction of TB incidence over the past decades. Nevertheless, TB patients continue to experience barriers in access, diagnosis and completion of the treatment. The main objective of this study was to explore the factors affecting the access to the health services, diagnosis and the treatment completion for TB patients in central and western Nepal. METHODS: Data were collected using in-depth interviews (IDI) with the TB patients (n = 4); Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with TB suspected patients (n = 16); Semi Strucutred Interviews (SSIs) with health workers (n = 24) and traditional healers (n = 2); and FGDs with community members (n = 8). All data..View full abstract