Knowledge about anti-tuberculosis treatment among nurses at tuberculosis clinics

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Yukselturk N., DİNÇ L.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, vol.19, no.1, pp.47-53, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ijn.12026
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-53
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Nurses are primary responsible for Direct Observation Therapy Strategy and administration of anti-tuberculosis (TB) medications. Lack of knowledge might result with medication errors and ineffective TB control. The purpose of this study was to assess knowledge of nurses about anti-TB treatment. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in Turkey with 208 nurses employed at TB and lung disease clinics of health-care settings in Ankara. Data were collected through a questionnaire, which included questions about demographics and a knowledge test with truefalse questions related to TB treatment. Overall scores were high with a mean score of 18.5 out of 24, but there was knowledge deficiency in effects and side-effects of anti-TB drugs. Knowledge is foundational for any practice and for TB control. Clinical experience and continuing education after graduation influence the level of knowledge.