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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Nursing Science
Title Obstacles to tuberculosis control among patienns in Ghanzi district: health care workers' perspectives
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL http://ithuteng.ub.bw/bitstream/handle/10311/1473/Olefile_ Unpublished​(MSc)_2015.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health problem with 8.6 million incident cases
and the highest rates of cases and deaths relative to the population. The infection poses a health
threat to Botswana with Ghanzi being the most tuberculosis afflicted district in the country, as
indicated by the national TB report of 2012. Literature search revealed a paucity of qualitative
TB research particularly related to healthcare workers perceptions, attitudes and beliefs about TB
and TB clients in African countries. There was no literature found from Botswana on the subject
showing that TB is one area in the country that needs to be researched. The proposed study
intends to utilize a qualitative approach framed on phenomenology to determine the healthcare
obstacles to TB control among patients in Ghanzi district. Semistructured
face to face interviews will be conducted with healthcare workers in the district to
determine what they perceive as the obstacles to TB control. Data will be analyzed according to
the themes that emerge from the data or within the categories of data using MAXQDA 12
software. The findings from this study could be used to influence policy, practice and may as
well be foundational for future research.

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