Misinformation Drives Refusals for Trichiasis Surgery

22 June, 2018

(with thanks to Global Health Now)

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According to researchers, many patients who refuse the recommended and often free surgery for trachomatous trichiasis are driven by a lack of information and education, including incorrectly believing that the procedure requires a long recovery time that will keep them from performing household duties...

"This study found that important misinformation exists that limits people from deciding to undergo trichiasis surgery," Gupta and colleagues wrote. "These findings are applicable not only to trichiasis surgery programs but to a broad range of health-related activities implemented at the community level, particularly in developing country settings where access to medical information is limited.”

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