Impact Of Foot Reflexology On Peripheral Neuropathy Among Client With Tuberculosis: An Experimental Study -Pilot Report

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Tejeshwari B V, Dr.G.Bhuvaneswari, Dr.B.G.Parasuramalu


Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person. It mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, including the tummy (abdomen), glands, bones, and nervous system Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that spread from person to person through microscopic droplets released into the air. This can happen when someone with the untreated, active form of tuberculosis coughs, speaks, sneezes, spits, laughs, or sings.

Methods: Quasi-experimental design (one group pre-test post-test design) was recruited by non-probability purposive sampling technique used for the present study.  Necessary administrative permission was obtained from the concerned authority.  The Structured interview schedule was used to elicit the baseline data.

Result: The study revealed that among 30 Tuberculosis patients, the observational checklist pre-median was 4.0; Post-test I median was 8.0 and whereas Post-test II median was 11.0. In Chalder Fatigue scale pre-median was 25.0, Post-test I median was 17.0, and whereas post-test II median was 9.0. In Michigan Neuropathy scale pre-median was 14.0, the post-test I median was 10.0, and post-test II median was 7.0.

Conclusion:- The study concluded that the foot reflexology on biochemical parameters of     anti-tuberculosis drug-induced peripheral neuropathy among Tuberculosis patients from selected community area, Ramanagar Taluk & District, Karnataka carried out the study was found to be effective in the improving knowledge of Tuberculosis patients as evidenced by the significant change between pre-test and post-test scores.

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