Stigma as a barrier to the use of occupational health units for tuberculosis services in South Africa
Janse van Rensburg, A.
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Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in South Africa, and health care workers (HCWs) are disproportionally affected. The resulting absenteeism strains the already overburdened health system. Although hospital occupational health care units (OHUs) are cost-effective and of crucial importance in tackling the TB epidemic, the fear of being stigmatized by other colleagues might lead HCWs to avoid using OHUs. To investigate whether the perception of TB stigma among colleagues has a negative effect on the willingness to use OHUs for TB services. In the Free State Province, South Africa, a representative sample of 804 HCWs from six hospitals were surveyed on workplace stigma as a predictor for the use of OHUs for TB services. Applying structural equation modelling, we also controlled for exogenous variables.
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