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Perceptions of Tuberculosis Among Individuals Born in a High-Endemic Setting, Now Living in a Low-Endemic Setting
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, ISSN 1557-1912, E-ISSN 1557-1920, Vol. 21, no 6, p. 1373-1379Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Of all individuals diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in Sweden 2015 were 90% born in other countries. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to avoid TB transmission. Lack of knowledge about TB and anticipated negative social consequences have proved to be significant contributing factors to delay in seeking health care. This study aimed to understand the perception of TB among people originating from a high-endemic region, currently living in a low-endemic region. A qualitative study design, with male and female participants from a high-endemic region divided into focus groups. A semi-structured interview guide was used to elicit their perceptions of TB. A qualitative content analysis was performed on the recorded material from the interviews. The informants noted that their attitude towards individuals with TB had changed, previously they had felt prejudiced towards them whereas now they felt supportive. It seems possible to diminish TB stigma by ensuring suitable health care is available in combination with correct information about transmission, infectiousness and treatment.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 21, no 6, p. 1373-1379
Keywords [en]
Discrimination, Immigrant health, Qualitative methodology, Stigma, Tuberculosis
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165763DOI: 10.1007/s10903-019-00858-wISI: 000496326900023PubMedID: 30788679OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165763DiVA, id: diva2:1375569
Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved

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