| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 158--165
Evaluation of socio-demographic factors for non-compliance to treatment in locally advanced cases of cancer cervix in a rural medical college hospital in India
Samrat Dutta1, Nandita Biswas2, Goutam Muhkherjee2
1 Department of Radiotherapy, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Sushrutanagar, District Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Sushrutanagar, District Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Introduction: Carcinoma cervix is a leading cause of cancer in India. However, majority of the patients face a problem of not being able to complete the treatment.
Aim: This study was an attempt to find out the important causes of this non-compliance to treatment in a rural Medical College Hospital where majority of the cancer cases are of cervical cancer.
Results: Out of 144 patients studied over 2 years 88 cases could not complete the treatment. The study revealed that due old age 58.33% cases were defaulters, having many children at home meant a burden to 76.92% cases and 63.89% cases had a problem of not been able to travel a far distance of more than 100 km from home to hospital for treatment.
Conclusion: These were the important factors of non-compliance and suggested more important than the issues of literacy and poor socio-economic status.
Department of Radiotherapy, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Sushrutanagar, District Darjeeling, West Bengal
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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