Development of a health education booklet to enhance adherence to tuberculosis treatment

Tuber Lung Dis. 1996 Apr;77(2):173-7. doi: 10.1016/s0962-8479(96)90034-9.


Effective anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy was developed during the 1950's, yet four decades later the cure rates for tuberculosis (TB) worldwide remain unacceptably low. A major reason for the failure to eliminate TB is that many patients with active disease fail to take sufficient anti-tuberculosis medication to render a cure. This paper describes a project designed to involve clinic nurses in the process of exploring how TB patients experience their disease. Information obtained from the qualitative research process was used to develop a photonovel which can be used to supplement the education given to newly diagnosed TB patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Pamphlets*
  • Patient Compliance*
  • South Africa
  • Tuberculosis / drug therapy
  • Tuberculosis / nursing
  • Tuberculosis / psychology*