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IP Indian Journal of Immunology and Respiratory Medicine


SWOT analysis of the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) strategy under the revised national tuberculosis control program at a large center in west Delhi


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Author Details : Sankalp Yadav*, Gautam Rawal

Volume : 5, Issue : 1, Year : 2020

Article Page : 25-32


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Abstract

Background: Tuberculosis is a public health problem. In the present scenario, the disease burden lies
in the low-income countries where a majority of the total population of the world lives. However, the
disease is also reported from the developed world. In the present paper, authors aimed at analyzing
the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) strategy under the Revised National Tuberculosis
Control Program at one of the largest district of the national capital Delhi, by determining the strengths,
weakness, opportunities, and threats to the program. Also, the paper gives insights into the various issues
associated with it and suggests probable solutions for these issues.
Methodology: A qualitative analytical study using structured questionnaires designed specifically for
service recipients and service providers was done at the Chest Clinic, Moti Nagar, New Delhi, and its
DOT centers and DMC’s. The data collection involved one to one interviews of study subjects and analysis
of quarterly reports available at the CCMN and on the internet. The study was conducted from 19th January
2016 to 1 April 2016.
Results: A total of 65 subjects were randomly selected and interviewed. Service providers-35, service
recipients- 30 (patients taking Category–I treatment under the DOTS of the RNTCP).
Conclusions: The study highlights various issues at a large center related directly or indirectly into DOTS
and suggest possible solutions for the same. The data could be used to study in detail various other districts
of India and other high TB burden countries.

Keywords: Analysis, DOTS, RNTCP, TB.

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijirm.2020.006

How to cite : Yadav S, Rawal G, SWOT analysis of the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) strategy under the revised national tuberculosis control program at a large center in west Delhi. IP Indian J Immunol Respir Med 2020;5(1):25-32

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