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Factors affecting perceived stigma in leprosy affected persons in western Nepal.

Authors
  • Adhikari, Bipin
  • Kaehler, Nils
  • Chapman, Robert S
  • Raut, Shristi
  • Roche, Paul
Type
Published Article
Journal
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2014
Volume
8
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002940
PMID: 24901307
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The factors associated with higher stigma were illiteracy, perceived economical inadequacy, change of occupation due to leprosy, lack of knowledge about leprosy, perception of leprosy as a severe disease and difficult to treat. Similarly, visible deformities and ulcers were associated with higher stigma. There is an urgent need of stigma reduction strategies focused on health education and health awareness programs in addition to the necessary rehabilitation support.

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