Tuberculosis is a preventable and curable disease. In spite of this, globally it is the main
cause of human suffering and death through infection.
The World Health Organization has set the following targets for global tuberculosis
control: a case detection rate of 70%, and treatment success rate of 85%. The Khomas
region has attained only 52% treatment success rate, which is significantly below the
A better understanding of TB patients’ knowledge, beliefs and practices regarding
tuberculosis is important for the improvement of public health education on tuberculosis.
Therefore, a study was conducted to explore and describe the knowledge, beliefs and
practices of patients diagnosed with TB, in order to provide helpful data for the
improvement of public health education regarding tuberculosis.
An explorative, descriptive, contextual, and qualitative study design was conducted,
using individual in-depth interviews to gather data from 60 tuberculosis patients in
Katutura, of the Khomas region. A quota sampling technique by age was used to select
the participants. Data analysis was done using Tesch’s method for content analysis.
The results showed a significantly poor depth of knowledge among patients diagnosed
with tuberculosis about the disease itself. Patients possess erroneous beliefs about modes
of transmission, and they practice unhealthy lifestyles while on treatment. Ineffective
health education had contributed to the poor knowledge of patients. Some basic facts
overlooked by the national tuberculosis guideline developers are also a contributing
Recommendations based on this study’s findings include: the revision of the current
national guidelines for the management of tuberculosis, to include some important facts
overlooked by the guidelines developers; the design of culturally-appropriate messages to
be integrated with the existing beliefs and misconceptions and provided to the community
in the form of leaflets; and an emphasis of the importance of patient charters among
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