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GONCALVES, Helen et al. Tuberculosis treatment adherence in Pelotas, Brazil, from the patient's perspective. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1999, vol.15, n.4, pp.777-787. ISSN 1678-4464.

This study deals with adherence to tuberculosis treatment among men and women as well as the disease's links and consequences vis-à-vis life styles and treatment outcomes. The ethnographic study was a component of the Tuberculosis Epidemiological Control Project in the city of Pelotas and aimed to identify the reasons patients failed to complete treatment. Direct ethnographic observations and semi-structured interviews were used. Use of the term "adherence" is justified by the concern for extending to other fundamental factors in addition to the patient's own individual responsibility. This approach fostered an understanding of views towards disease, social dynamics among the various protagonists involved in the disease process, and treatment. Some of the factors considered in adherence to treatment were: socio-demographic characteristics, cultural factors, popular beliefs, the cost-benefit relationship, physical and chemical aspects of the drugs, the physician-patient relationship, and level of family participation in treatment.

Keywords : Tuberculosis; Patients; Drug Use; Anthropology.

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