THE RELATIONSHIP OF STRESS WITH THE LEVELS OF CORTISOL TB SUFFERERS
Keywords:stress, cortisol, Tuberculosis
Stress is a natural thing, but in people with TB should be minimized in order to the sufferer does not decrease the immunity. This research aims to know the relationship of stress with the levels of cortisol in TB sufferers in Puskesmas Tambelangan Sampang Madura. This research method was analytic. The taking of the sample with the total sampling techniques, obtained 13 respondents. Variable of this research were levels of stress and cortisol levels of TB sufferers. The level of stress was measured by the questionnaire and cortisol levels measured by examination of a blood sample. The data were analyzed using theWilcoxon signed rank test test. Majority of respondents experience medium stress, and cortisol levels was in the normal range. The Wilcoxon sign rank test showed the value of ρ count > ρ table; indicates that there was relationship of stress with the levels of cortisol TB sufferers. Stress will increase hormone cortisol and suppress the immune system. Therefore sufferers TB should be able to manage stress so that the immune system of the body getting stronger in the fight against TB germs.