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IJHSR. 2015; 5(6): 47-53


Conceptualization and Quantification of Perceived Stigma; A Study among Leprosy Affected Persons in A Block of Purulia District, West Bengal.

Malay Kumar Das, Aparajita Dasgupta, Sudipta Das, Amitava Kumar, Dhiraj Biswas.

Abstract
Background: Leprosy services have been integrated into the general health care system to reduce the differences between people affected by leprosy and those suffering from other health conditions. A large budget has been used in the effort to reduce stigma through information dissemination. This approach is unlikely to affect the perceived stigma. The main purpose of this study was to determine the level of perceived stigma and the risk factors contributing to it.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 50 people affected by leprosy attending Joypur Rural Hospital (RH) of the Purulia district, West Bengal. Patients above the age of 14 were interviewed using a set of questionnaire form and Explanatory Model Interview Catalogue (EMIC).
Results: Among 50 leprosy affected persons, the median score of perceived stigma was 9 while it ranged from 0–31. The study revealed that higher age group (p = 0.016), illiteracy (p = 0.01), and women who were housewives (p = 0.034) were the significant (

Key words: Perceived Stigma; Predictors; Conceptualization; Quantification.



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