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Effectiveness of Foot reflexology on level of fatigue among peripheral neuropathy, patient with Tuberculosis

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In India, Tuberculosis has been mentioned in the Vedas and the old Ayurvedic scriptures. Historically speaking, fight against Tuberculosis in India can be broadly classified into three periods: early period, before the discoveries of x-ray and chemotherapy; post-independence period, during which nationwide Tuberculosis control programs were initiated and implemented; and the current period, during which the ongoing WHO-assisted Tuberculosis control program is in place. Tuberculosis incidence is seasonal, with peaks occurring every spring and summer. The reasons for this are unclear, but may be related to vitamin D deficiency during the winter. There are also studies linking tuberculosis to different weather conditions like low temperature, low humidity and low rainfall. It has been suggested that tuberculosis incidence rates may be connected to climate change Tuberculosis is closely linked to both overcrowding and malnutrition, making it one of the principal diseases of poverty. Those at high risk thus include: people who inject illicit drugs, inhabitants and employees of locales where vulnerable people gather (e.g., prisons and homeless shelters), medically underprivileged and resource-poor communities, high-risk ethnic minorities, children in close contact with high-risk category patients, and health-care providers serving these patients. Factors contributing to this include higher prevalence of predisposing health conditions and behaviours, and overcrowding and poverty. In some Canadian aboriginal groups, genetic susceptibility may play a role.


: Quasi-experimental design (one group pre-test post-test design) was recruited by non-probability purposive sampling technique used for the present study. Necessary administrative permission was obtained from the concerned authority. The Structured interview schedule was used to elicit the baseline data.


The study revealed that among 180 Tuberculosis patients, the Chalder Fatigue scale pre-median was 27.0, Post-test I median was 14.0, and whereas post-test II median was 7.0. In Michigan Neuropathy scale pre-median was 15.0, the post-test I median was 14.0, and post-test II median was 7.0.


The study concluded that the foot reflexology of anti-tuberculosis drug-induced peripheral neuropathy among Tuberculosis patients from selected community area, Ramanagara Taluk & District, Karnataka carried out the study was found to be effective in decreasing the fatigue levels among peripheral neuropathy in person with Tuberculosis patients as evidenced by the significant change between pre-test and post-test scores.


Tejeshwari B. V., G. Bhuvaneswari, B.G. Parasuramalu, R. Vijayaraghavan. Effectiveness of Foot reflexology on level of fatigue among peripheral neuropathy, patient with Tuberculosis. Cardiometry; Issue 25; December 2022; p.121-128; DOI: 10.18137/cardiometry.2022.25.121128; Available from:


Effectiveness,  Foot reflexology,  Tuberculosis patients,  Peripheral neuropathy
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