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Food incentives improve adherence to tuberculosis drug treatment among homeless patients in Russia.
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PMID:  22671304     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Scand J Caring Sci; 2012 Food incentives improve adherence to tuberculosis drug treatment among homeless patients in Russia The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of food incentives on adherence to tuberculosis (TB) drug treatment among homeless patients with TB. Food packages were thus given as a part of directly observed therapy to 142 homeless patients with TB at a dispensary in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. In addition, a social worker provided the patients with information and legal assistance, for example help with internal passports. Among the 142 patients, 66 were included in the study at the dispensary during their entire treatment period, while 76 patients were included in the study during shorter periods mainly because of transfer to inpatient care. In the first group, 59% of the patients continued the TB drug treatment without interruption in contrast to 31% in a control group. In the second group, that is those studied during shorter periods, 95% continued the TB drug treatment without interruption while attached to the dispensary. Food was introduced in the TB programme of the City of St. Petersburg as a consequence of this study. In conclusion, it can be stated that the food incentive had a strong positive impact on the adherence to TB drug treatment among these socially marginalized patients. The social support contributed in all probability also to the positive results.
Bodil Gärden; Arina Samarina; Irina Stavchanskaya; Rolf Alsterlund; Amanda Ovregaard; Olga Taganova; Ludmilla Shpakovskaya; Vladimir Zjemkov; Malin Ridell; Lars-Olof Larsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of caring sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-6712     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804206     Medline TA:  Scand J Caring Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences © 2012 Nordic College of Caring Science.
Department of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Tuberculosis Dispensary Nr 8, St. Petersburg, Russia Department of Infectious Diseases, Central Hospital, Kristianstad, Sweden Department of Orthopaedics, Uddevalla Hospital, Uddevalla, Sweden City Tuberculosis Dispensary, St. Petersburg, Russia Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden.
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