Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical
versión On-line ISSN 1561-3054
CORONA AGUILERA, Agueda Ela et al. Conocimientos, percepciones y prácticas de grupos de población respecto a la tuberculosis. 1994-1996. Rev Cubana Med Trop [online]. 2000, vol.52, n.2, pp. 110-114. ISSN 1561-3054.
The development of sucessful tuberculosis control programs requires the people´s involvement, hence a study was perfomed to identify knowledge, perceptions and practices of the population regarding occurence, transmission, treatment and control of this disease. The focal group technique was used in 6 sets of persons aged 15 years and over from 6 municipalities of the City of Havana. These groups thought that tuberculosis had declined in the last ten years but had increased again in the last 2-3 years, that it was a contagious disease presenting symptoms such as cough, hemoptisis, loss of weight, fever. They considered it as a terrible, undesirable sickness associated with poverty and caught due to malnourishment, poor hygiene of the sick person and his/her relatives and smoking. Some thought that this disease was curable and other that it was not. Several other people believed that patients should be isolated in hospital whereas others stated that they could have a normal life at home, most prefered to be informed about the disease by TV and radio. It was concluded that a quantitative study should be performed based on these results.
Palabras llave : KNOWLEDGE; ATTITUDES; PRACTICE; TUBERCULOSIS.