Background: Tuberculosis (TB) has become a significant public health problem leading to a top ten morality. Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course (DOTS) is recommended as a critical element for curing and preventing TB. However, patients who have been living with TB often receive barriers and challenges, which may lead them to discontinue the DOTS treatment.
Objective: This study aimed to understand patients’ experiences living with TB and receiving DOTS regimens.
Methods: A qualitative descriptive study was employed. Semi-structured interviews were done among twenty tuberculosis patients selected using convenience sampling from the slum community in Bangkok, Thailand. The thematic approach was used for data analysis.
Results: Two main themes were developed: (1) troublesome disease and (2) emotional challenges. The first theme comprises three subthemes: confronting death, accepting lifestyle change, and DOTS challenges. The second theme consists of two subthemes: isolation from others and stigma.
Conclusion: The findings could guide nurses and other healthcare professionals to develop the treatment guideline and the DOTS strategy using a holistic approach.
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