Tuberculosis in Brazil: New Cases, Healing and Abandonment in Relation to level of Education
SETTING: The situation of tuberculosis in Brazil
OBJECTIVE :Analyze the intensity of the relation between new cases of Tuberculosis and ending situations, healing and treatment abandonment compared to level of education in Brazilian States in 2013.
DESIGN: Transversal-quantitative study, using data from Diseases and Notification Information System related to the notified cases of Tuberculosis. In order to have a study sample cases that identify the level of education were selected. Data were analyzed through the hierarchical classification method (heat maps and dendrograms).
RESULTS: The results showed the importance of level of education when the rising of new cases, cure and treatment abandonment of the disease in Brazil. The higher the level of education is the lower the frequency of those three variables are, but lower levels of education (less than 9 years) implicate on higher occurrences of the three analyzed factors in all states.
CONCLUSION: The knowledge about Tuberculosis’ patients level of education in Brazilian states is really important to Public Health because it gives essential information to the strengthening of health actions related to the effective control of the disease.
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