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Jeon, Choi, and Jang: Influence of Stigma and Social Support on Depressive Symptoms in Hospitalized Patients with Pulmonary Tuberculosis



The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between depressive symptoms, stigma and social support in hospitalized PTB (pulmonary tuberculosis) patients.


Participants were 256 patients with PTB who were admitted in two national tuberculosis hospitals.


Higher levels of stigma were significantly related to depressive symptoms in patients with PTB. Self-reports of social support by medical staff were negatively associated with depressive symptoms in patients with PTB. Stigma and social support by medical staff were found to be significant predictors of depressive symptoms after controlling for potential confounders.


Findings suggest that intervention for depressive symptoms be incorporated into treatment for patients with PTB, and strategies to decrease TB-related stigma and increase social support by medical staff be provided to prevent depressive symptoms.

Figures and Tables

Table 1

Sociodemographic and Health Related Characteristics and the Distribution of Depressive Symptoms according to Sociodemographic and Health Related Characteristics among Hospitalized TB Patients

Table 2

Stigma and Social Support and the Distribution of Depressive Symptoms according to Levels of Stigma and Social Support among Hospitalized TB Patients (N=259)

Table 3

Odds Ratio (and 95% Confidence Interval) for Depressive Symptoms of Hospitalized TB Patients (N=259)


Adjusted for age, sex, education, marital status, monthly income, comorbidity, type of treatment, disease duration, physical symptoms, and self-rated health.


Conflicts of Interest The authors declared no conflict of interest.


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