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NURSES KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES REGARDING PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS PATIENT MANAGEMENT AT KHULNA MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL, KHULNA

Juthika Rani Mukherjee*, Sathi Dastider, Sharmin Mostofa and China Rani Mittra

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Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) has been a major public health problem and one of the leading causes of adult mortality in Bangladesh. Global access to TB treatment is increasing but remains low. The aim of the study was to assess the level of nurses’ knowledge and practice regarding pulmonary tuberculosis patient management at Khulna medical college hospital, Khulna, Bangladesh. The cross-sectional study was conducted purposively selected 100 senior staff nurses involved in caring of pulmonary tuberculosis patients form May 2019 to June 2020. Data were collected face to face by using semi structured questionnaire and an observational checklist was also used to observe actual practice level. Collected data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics. The maximum 41% respondents in the age group were 36-40 years. Mostly 70% had good knowledge, 20% had average knowledge and only 5% had poor knowledge regarding PTB patient’s management. On the other hand out of 100 respondents, majority 89% had good practice, 9% had average practice and only 2% had poor practice regarding PTB patient’s management. It is recommended that the hospital plan should conduct the necessary education/training of nurses on the prevention and control of TB to update their knowledge. Additionally, it is necessary to develop and implement the TBIPC policy in the hospital and implement the placement provisions of nurses according to their training and specialty.

Keywords: Pulmonary tuberculosis, DOTS, knowledge, practices and Nurse.


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