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Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine 1974;7(1): 123-130.
A Follow-up Survey on the Socio-medical Status of the Drop-out Cases of Tuberculosis in Jeonju Health Center.
Jong Soon Kim
A socio-medical survey was carried out on 1,108 cases of pulmonatory tuberculosis who had registered and 220 cases unregistered at Jeonju Health center in 1973, during from June 1 to July 31, 1974. As the results of this survey, the following conclusions were obtained. 1. Of the total 1,108 cases of pulmonary tuberculosis there were 708 new cases, while remaining 400 were old cases and rate of registration was 4.0 per thousand person. 2. The highest rate of registration of the newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis could be found in bacteriological examination while 54.4 percent in X-ray examination. 3. As for the educational status of the tuberculosis patients, primary school graduates constituted the greatest proportion of 64.6 percent, middle school graduates 13.6 percent. high school graduates 6.8 percent and college graduates only 0.7 percent. 4. By age group of the cases, at age of 20 to 29 years occupied 23.6 percent (262 out of 1,108 cases), 17.9 percent at age of 40 to 49 years. 5. The greatest proportion of 38.4 percent of the cases had no occupation. 6. The living standard of the patient's household, low class constituted 60.6 percent of the total house olds. 7. By distribution of residential area, farming area was 5.0 per thousand person, 4.0 in downtown and suburban areas. 8. The greatest proportion of 70.0 percent of positive cases in X-ray examination was unregistered in August, 63.6 percent in July 1973. 9. 220 out of 1,108 cases(19.9%) were unregistered pulmonary tuberculosis in X-ray and bacteriological examinations. 10. For age groups of unregistered cases, most prevalent age group was 30 to 39. 11. Regarding on the cases of unregistration, 'indifference for disease', 'occupied highest rate with 31.9 percent' and 'private secret' with 15.7 percent. 12. Of the total 457 cases drop-outed, there were 78 complete held cases while remaining 207 inactive.
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