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The Correlation Between the Perceived Recovery and Migration with Drop Out TB Treatments at Dili and Ermera Districts - Timor-Leste

Valente Da Silva , Made Bakta, Wirawan N, Tigeh Suryadhi

Valente Da Silva
Doctoral Program in Medical Science of Postgraduate Program of Udayana University, Bali-Indonesia. Email: Valente1968@yahoo.com.au

Made Bakta
Doctoral Program in Medical Science of Postgraduate Program of Udayana University, Bali-Indonesia

Wirawan N
Community Health Science Program of Udayana University, Bali-Indonesia

Tigeh Suryadhi
Doctoral Program in Medical Science of Postgraduate Program of Udayana University, Bali-Indonesia
Online First: January 17, 2016 | Cite this Article
Da Silva, V., Bakta, M., N, W., Suryadhi, T. 2016. The Correlation Between the Perceived Recovery and Migration with Drop Out TB Treatments at Dili and Ermera Districts - Timor-Leste. Indonesia Journal of Biomedical Science 10(1): 12-16. DOI:10.15562/ijbs.v10i1.24


Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is a direct contagious infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria commonly affect the lungs with source of transmission is the positive pulmonary TB patient’s sputum or smear. Default patient’s treatment with pulmonary TB BTA (+) was to take medicine for two months or more, respectively in the initial phase and in the continuation phase. According to the WHO report, in 2013, drop out from treatment were experienced by 194 countries as follows: Africa Region (14%); America (25%); Western Mediterranean (13%); Europe (5.3%); Southeast Asia (21%) Western Pacific (3.9%). Timor-Leste drop out problem was caused by migration. According to Ministry of Health of Timor-Leste, 2008, that in the early phase of TB treatment (first 14 days), patients experience dramatic change in symptoms, where they feel better and cured so they stop taking TB drugs. Objective: This study aims to determine whether there was a correlation between variables of perceived recovery, migration to drop out case of TB treatment. Method: This is descriptive study using case-control design. The research samples were randomly chosen with a ratio of (1: 1) namely 57 of the case group and 57 of the control group so that the total number of samples was 114 people, who meet the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Results: There is a significant correlation between the feelings of TB cured with drop out from TB treatment (p < 0.05), and there is a significant correlation between migration with drop out from TB treatment (p < 0.05) Conclusion: There is a significant correlation between the perceived recovery, and migration to the drop out cases of TB treatment.
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