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Table 2 Potential reasons for defaulting on treatment in Asembo and Gem areas of Nyanza, September and October 2005

From: Care seeking and attitudes towards treatment compliance by newly enrolled tuberculosis patients in the district treatment programme in rural western Kenya: a qualitative study

Reason given (Number of participants)*
Lack of knowledge/misperception about duration of TB treatment (14)
When I start feeling well (4)
If my disease worsens (4)
Alcoholism (2)
Laziness (2)
Medicine stockouts (2)
Delays in being served at health facility (2)
Too-long period of medication (1)
There is nobody to get me medication (1)
If I am discouraged by people (1)
Side effects like vomiting (1)
No transport (1)
Stress from family (1)
Smoking (1)
If ever I interrupt my treatment (1)
  1. Numbers in parentheses show the number of patients attributed to the reason. They do not add to 31 as some patients gave more than one reason.