Intention to continue with ivermectin treatment for onchocerciasis control after eight years of annual distribution in cameroon, Nigeria, and Uganda

Joseph Okeibunor, William Brieger, Adenike Abiose, Elizabeth Elhassan, Richard Ndyomugyenyi, Samuel Wanji, Uche Amazigo

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Abstract

This study identified the socio-demographic correlates of intention to comply with ivermectin treatment, from a structured interview of 2,306 persons aged 10 years and above, grouped into high and low compliers, who took ivermectin 6-8 times and 0-2 times respectively. Simple descriptive statistics were employed in characterizing the respondents into high and low compliers, while some socio-demographic and key perceptual factors were employed in regression models constructed to explain levels of compliance among the respondents. Demographic and perceptual factors associated with intention to comply with prolonged treatment with ivermectin were identified. Intention to comply was higher among married persons (91.8%, p < 0.001); local populations (89.8%, p < 0.001); and those with history of complying with treatment (98.2%, p < 0.001). Perception of onchocerciasis and effectiveness of ivermectin influenced intention to continue. The perceptual factors that drive the intention to comply should inform plans for health education at the project and village levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-173
Number of pages15
JournalInternational quarterly of community health education
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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