Skip to main content

Table 3 Biomedical TB knowledge reported by 300 TB patients during researcher-administered structured interviews at Kanyama clinic, Lusaka, Zambia

From: Tuberculosis patients’ pre-hospital delay and non-compliance with a longstanding DOT programme: a mixed methods study in urban Zambia

  N (%) a
Symptoms
Respondents who knew TB symptoms: coughing, night sweats, loss of appetite, chest pain no symptoms of TB 7 (2.3)
two or three symptoms of TB 207 (69.0)
four symptoms of TB 86 (28.7)
Treatment compliance and multi-drug resistant TB
Respondents who did not know the importance of treatment compliance 51 (17.0)
knew the importance of treatment compliance 170 (56.7)
knew the importance of treatment compliance and understood the meaning of DR-TB 79 (26.3)
TB aetiologies
Respondents who mentioned airborne 257 (85.7)
cough 233 (77.7)
sharing cups, utensils 155 (51.7)
evil spirits/witchcraft 85 (28.3)
traditional myths 58 (19.3)
smoking 50 (16.7)
drinking beer 39 (13.0)
promiscuous behaviour 38 (12.7)
prostitution 32 (10.7)
god 28 (9.3)
genetic disease (Family TB) 11 (3.7)
  1. aNumbers do not add up to 300, because the questions allowed for multiple responses