Effectiveness of a structural teaching programme on leprosy and its management: An interventional study
Santosh Kumari, Dr. Jasbir Kaur, Kalpna Chauhan, Rupam Gupta, Shaweta Sharma and Rachna Devi Thakur
Leprosy has been known to the Indians since the Vedic time. However, a clear diagnostic criterion was established only about half a century back. India has always been the country with the largest number of leprosy cases in the world. A WHO study group recommended Multi Drug Therapy (MDT) for Leprosy control programs in 1982. There were 208,619 new leprosy cases registered globally in 2018, according to official figures from 159 countries from the 6 WHO Regions. Based on 184, 212 cases at the end of 2018, prevalence rate corresponds to 0.2 per 10 000. India, which has the highest burden of the disease, has reported a decreasing number of new cases for the past 2 years, by nearly 15,000 cases (135,485 in 2016 to 120,334 in 2017–2018) and reduction in new pediatric cases, to less than 10,000 (9227 in 2018) from more than 10,000 (10,287 in 2017) previously. Results showed that majority (76.6%) participants had poor knowledge before structural teaching program only (13.3%) participants had average knowledge. A very few (10%) participants had good knowledge. One fourth (23.3%) participants had average knowledge further majority (46%) participant had good knowledge and only (30%) of participants had very good knowledge. Further the result showed statistically significant difference at 0.05 level which means difference between pretest and post test mean score was a true difference and not by chance. The participants has given good feedback about the sessions and expressed their wish to attend such more training programme.
Santosh Kumari, Dr. Jasbir Kaur, Kalpna Chauhan, Rupam Gupta, Shaweta Sharma, Rachna Devi Thakur. Effectiveness of a structural teaching programme on leprosy and its management: An interventional study. Int J Adv Res Community Health Nurs 2020;2(2):16-18. DOI: 10.33545/26641658.2020.v2.i2a.34