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Table 2 Reasons for not practicing TBIC among health care workers, West Gojjam Zone, August 2014

From: Tuberculosis infection control practices and associated factors among health care workers in health centers of West Gojjam zone, Northwest Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency Percent
Reasons for not informing about cough hygiene (n = 252)
 Patients won’t listen 118 46.8
 Tissues and surgical masks are not available 70 27.8
 Patients are not compliant 196 77.8
 Health workers have no time to do so 85 33.7
 Others 32 12.7
Reasons for not giving priority for coughing patients (n = 239)
 It is not fair 129 54
 Complaint from other clients 210 87.9
 Health workers don’t believe in prioritizing 59 24.7
 Others 16 6.7
Reasons for not always opening windows/doors (n = 68)
 Patients complain when doors and windows are open 27 39.7
 It is sometimes too cold 42 61.8
 No one is in charge of this, responsibility diffusion 33 48.5
 Others 11 16.2
Reasons for not using N95 respirators with TB cases/suspects(n = 62)
 No enough N95s 44 70.9
 N95s are uncomfortable 20 32.3
 Health workers unclear about use of N95s 28 45.2
 N95s destroy their hairstyles 2 3.2
 Lack of training on use of N95s 29 46.8
 Others 10 16.1
Reasons for not testing for HIV(n = 96)
 Breach of confidentiality 77 80.2
 Afraid of being tested 33 34.4
 Do not want to know own HIV status 30 31.3
 Possible stigma from other staff 65 67.7
 Others 4 4.2
Reasons for not willing to be redeployment from high-risk units for HIV infected HCWs (n = 288)
 HCWs do not want to admit that they are HIV positive 107 37.2
 Risk of disclosure of HIV status to colleagues 145 50.3
 Colleagues may perceive them as avoidant 263 91.3
 Others 37 12.8
Reasons for not comfortable with TB diagnosis (n = 79)
 Other staff link with HIV 41 51.9
 Fear of rejection and stigma 49 62.0
 Lack of trust on doctors to maintain confidentiality 37 46.8
 Ashamed of having TB 21 26.6
 Lack of trust to future care for their TB 20 25.3
 Fear of testing for TB 17 21.5
 Pre- tending to be sick to get away from work 42 53.2
 Others 4 5.1
  1. N.B. Percent might not add up to 100 due to multiple responses. The cases are less than sample size and are different for different variables due to the differences in response