Typhoid or enteric fever is a common and serious disease that mostly affects children and adolescents in developing countries. According to the most recent global estimates, 11 to 21 million cases of typhoid and 1,28,000 to 1,61,000 typhoid-related deaths are reported annually.
We are conducting this survey to determine the doctors’ perception of the management of typhoid in their patients.
Objective: Determining Doctors’ Perception Of Treating Their Typhoid Affected Patients.
A total of 105 doctors participated in this particular survey, including 83% General practitioners, 11% Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and 6% other specialists.
- When the doctors were asked how often they come across patients affected with typhoid, 43% of the doctors stated very little
- 53% of the doctors stated that the most common hurdle they face when diagnosing typhoid patients was the lack of sensitivity and another 43% stated patients coming to seek late medical care
- When asked how many cases of typhoid re-infection was observed, a high majority (75%) of doctors said less
- Around 67% of the doctors in the survey stated that the reason for the re-infection of typhoid is due to an incomplete drug regimen
- When questioned what are the challenges faced in controlling typhoid fever, 43% of the doctors stated, it was due to multiple drug resistance, followed by 28%- Lack of rapid and accurate diagnostic test and 22%- Lack of adequate nationwide surveillance system
- When the doctors were asked for suggestions on how the healthcare sectors can help in controlling typhoid, 40% of doctors answered by Improving access to clean water and sanitation, followed by developing and promoting national standards for typhoid treatment (26%)
Our above report, reveals that the majority of the doctors receive very few patients affected with typhoid and re-infection of typhoid. One of the main reasons for re-infection being an incomplete drug regimen.
The doctors have also suggested that by improving access to clean water sanitation, by promoting and developing national standards, the healthcare industry can help in reducing the number of cases of typhoid. This will also help the patients in getting early medical assistance.
This can help doctors and the healthcare industry play an important role in educating their patients about the seriousness of typhoid and its management. This will help in bringing down the number of typhoid affected patients and giving them proper guidance in treatment.
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