Determinants of Eye Lid Surgical Care Utilization among Trachomatous Trichiasis Patients in Rural Communities: In the Case of Basoliben District, North West Ethiopia
American Journal of Internal Medicine
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2014, Pages: 156-161
Received: Dec. 8, 2014; Accepted: Dec. 23, 2014; Published: Jan. 4, 2015
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Kassahun Ketema Aredo, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Debre Markos University, PO Box: 269, Debre Markos, Ethiopia
Adugna Birhanu Kebede, Debre Markos, East Gojjam Zone Health Office, Carter Center Trachoma Control Project Coordinator, PO Box: 17, Debre Markos, Ethiopia
Mekonin Aychiluhim, Department of Medicine, GAMBY Collage of Medical Sciences, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia
Mulatu Ayana Hordofa, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Debre Markos University, PO Box: 269, Debre Markos, Ethiopia
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Abstract
Background: Trachomatous trichiasis is worldwide leading cause of blindness. Surgical intervention is one of the means of prevention of this blindness. Objectives: To assess determinants of eyelid surgical care utilization among trichiasis patients and associated factors. Method: A community based cross- sectional study design was employed. Sample size was determined using a single population proportion formula. Result: Among 348 interviewed patients, 253(72.7%) were in the age group of 16–45 years. Two hundred eighty nine (83.1%) were non-operated and 59(16.9%) operated trichiasis cases. Bilateral eye trichiasis cases were 245(70.4%) and 195(56%) of them were ill for 5-8 years. Ninety-seven (27.9%) believe treatment of trichiasis is surgery. Reasons for not using trichiasis surgery were distance of treatment center (X2 = 36.2), lack of awareness (X2= 46.8), and false beliefs about treatment (X2= 14.6). Conclusion: Associated factors were distance, lack of information, lack of time, fear of surgery.
Keywords
Trachomatous Trichiasis, Surgical, Determinants, Community, Ethiopia
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Kassahun Ketema Aredo, Adugna Birhanu Kebede, Mekonin Aychiluhim, Mulatu Ayana Hordofa, Determinants of Eye Lid Surgical Care Utilization among Trachomatous Trichiasis Patients in Rural Communities: In the Case of Basoliben District, North West Ethiopia, American Journal of Internal Medicine. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 156-161. doi: 10.11648/j.ajim.20140206.20
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