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Table 3 Factors associated with non-adherence listed by patients

From: Adherence to anti-tuberculosis treatment among pulmonary tuberculosis patients: a qualitative and quantitative study

Reasons for non-adherence n* %
1. Symptoms have been relieved and it is not necessary to continue treatment 22 26.83
2. Disease conditions have not been alleviated after treatment and the drugs seem to be ineffective 6 7.32
3. Treatment is not necessary as I am so old 7 8.54
4. I am working busy 5 6.10
5. Treatment course is too long and the dose is too large 13 15.85
6. I always forget to take drugs 11 13.41
7. Adverse drug reactions are severe 31 37.80
8. I worry about my body damaged by anti-tuberculosis drugs 13 15.85
9. Appetite is influenced after taking drugs 8 9.76
10. Other diseases cause interruption 13 15.85
11. Migration 8 9.76
12. Following doctor's advices 9 10.98
13. Following other's suggestions 4 4.88
14. I am not satisfied with health-care services 2 2.44
15. Financial difficulty and higher medical cost 13 15.85
16. Other reasons 19 23.17
  1. *: Total number of non-adherent patients = 82