Satisfaction of leprosy patients on integrated MDT services: as evaluated by Bargarh Integrated Community Health Project (BICHP)

S N Pati, D Porichha, K V Krishnamoorty
Indian Journal of Leprosy 2011, 83 (1): 53-9
Functional integration can be viewed successful if general health system (GHS) delivers services to the satisfaction of leprosy patients. The study elicits responses from 307 leprosy cured persons of 3 blocks and one town covering a population of about 3,50,000 in district Bargarh, Orissa. 229 (74.6%) MB and 78 (25.4%) cured PB cases were the respondents. About 80% patients diagnosed and received treatment within half an hour, 89.9% respondents spent adequate time with providers for clarifying different aspects of leprosy, 85.0% felt the discussion very useful. About 94% had comfortable time at the health institutions. About 97% of persons were regular and completed FDT in time while 25.0% experienced some discrimination mostly at the health institutions. Trunk nerves were involved in 57% cases at detection which subsided during treatment in 33% of cases. Skin patches disappeared in 74.6% and became inactive in the rest. Majority (90.2%) were convinced about cure by MDT. Clients' satisfaction in terms of quality treatment and cordial patient provider relation in GHS should be a strong indicator for successful integration.

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