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Table 3 Perceptions toward adherence

From: TB treatment initiation and adherence in a South African community influenced more by perceptions than by knowledge of tuberculosis

Adherence items   Frequency Percent
Most important thing that helps TB patients stay on treatment for 6 months They stick to the rules of treatment 323 31.8
  They want to show others that TB is like any other curable disease 159 15.6
  They don't drink or smoke while on treatment 147 14.5
  They want to be cured so they can get on with their lives 124 12.2
  They have a sympathetic DOTS volunteer who helps them stay on treatment 87 8.6
  They have support from family and friends 72 7.1
  They have enough food to eat 43 4.2
  They don't listen when people gossip about them 38 3.7
  They are strong willed 23 2.3
  Total 1016 100
First main reason TB patients stop taking their treatment before they are cured They feel better and think they are cured 547 53.8
  They are afraid people will talk badly about them when they go to the clinic to collect their pills 289 28.4
  They do not want to be seen standing in the same queue as people collecting Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) 94 9.2
  They forget to take their medicine because they drink and smoke 64 6.3
  They are irresponsible and cannot be bothered to take their medicine 21 2.1
  Their families and friends are not supportive 2 0.2
  Total 1017 100
Second main reason TB patients stop taking their treatment before they are cured They forget to take their medicine because they drink and smoke 414 41.2
  They are irresponsible and cannot be bothered to take their medicine 244 24.3
  They do not want to be seen standing in the same queue as people collecting ARVs 128 12.7
  Their families and friends are not supportive 122 12.1
  They are afraid people will talk badly about them when they go to the clinic to collect their pills 75 7.5
  They feel better and think they are cured 22 2.2
  Total 1005 100