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Tuberculosis is a highly contagious infection that can quickly spread. The Ministry of Public Health has targeted to increase recovery rates by at least 90.00 percent. This quasi-experimental research aimed to investigate the effects of using nursing process and routine treatment programs to evaluate the health promoting behaviors (HPB) of tuberculosis patients. Simple random sampling was conducted. Forty participants who received routine treatment from Nopparat Hospital were divided into the experimental group (20 persons) and the control group (20 persons). The experimental group received nursing process as a theoretical framework to analyze the patient’s problems in living with tuberculosis, whereas the control group received regular health services. The nursing process used in the experimental group was composed of 5 steps: Health assessment, Nursing diagnosis, Planning, Nursing intervention and Nursing evaluation. In addition, nursing process was used as a stimulus, or cue to action, must also present in order to trigger the HPB. Data were analyzed by using percentage, mean, standard deviation, Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test, and Chi-Square test.
The researchers found that the total scores and each part scores of HPB for the experimental and the control groups were not significant different at .05 before receiving the nursing process. After the experiment, the experimental group had 100.00% of the curable TB while the control group had 30.00 % of the curable TB. The difference was statistically significant at .001, X2= .734.
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