A follow-up study of patients of pulmonary tuberculosis treated in an urban clinic
Singh, M.M. and Banerji, D. (1968) A follow-up study of patients of pulmonary tuberculosis treated in an urban clinic. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 15 (4). pp. 157-164.
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A two-year follow up study of treatment default among 193 patients of pulmonary tuberculosis receiving domiciliary treatment in a Delhi urban clinic, providing services accor- ding to the broad recommendations of the National Tuberculosis Programme, revealed that the percentage of defaulting (i.e. collecting drug for less than 10 months) fell from 57.0% to 44.0% when the duration for calculating drug collection was raised from 12 months to 24 months. The propensity to default appears to be inversely related to—(a) the precision of diagnosis; and (b) the extent of lesion; while the defaulter rate was 20.2% among those who were intially sputum positive, it was 100% among those sputum negative cases who had only minimal radiological lesions.
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