Knowledge, attitudes and practices of tuberculosis management among clinicians working at primary health care facilities in the Northern Tygerberg Sub-structure, Cape Town
Mclaughlin, Juanita Desiree
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Introduction: Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most infectious diseases globally and is a huge public health concern. In 2016, the Western Cape Province had the fourth highest incidence of TB in South Africa, with 728 new cases per 100 000 population. Effective management of TB includes screening, diagnosis, treatment, control and elimination. The local health authority (municipality) has historically managed tuberculosis in the Cape Metropole but due to the increased TB burden, primary health care (PHC) facilities managed by Metro Health Services (MHS) (provincial government) have recently commenced providing TB services. The challenge that the Cape Metropole is facing, is whether the clinicians in MHS facilities are equipped to manage these patients effectively. Aim: To determine the knowledge, attitude and practices of clinicians in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in the MHS PHC facilities in the Northern Tygerberg Sub-structure, Cape Town between mid-March 2018 and mid- June 2018.