DOTS strategy and community participation: An experience in the Ecuadorian Andes

Natalia Romero-Sandoval, O. Flores-Carrera, M. A. Molina, M. Jácome, A. Navarro, M. Martin

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Abstract

SETTING: The Chine community in Angamarca parish, Cotopaxi Province, in the Ecuadorian Andes. OBJECTIVE: To relate the DOTS strategy to the world view of the indigenous community in the diagnosis and treatment of smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) patients. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study involving all inhabitants of Chine. RESULTS: Aspects of the community's world view were considered in the community-based application of DOTS. A cure rate of 100% was attained, with 0% defaulting from treatment. CONCLUSION: The results obtained indicate that involving the world view of the community in the management of tuberculosis has several advantages. © 2009 The Union.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1569-1571
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume13
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Community
  • Ecuador
  • Pulmonary TB
  • World view

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