National Tuberculosis Programme: belative merits of enhancing the operational efficiency of different components of the treatment programme
Radhakrishna, S. (1983) National Tuberculosis Programme: belative merits of enhancing the operational efficiency of different components of the treatment programme. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 30 (1). pp. 3-8.
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The three main components of the tuberculosis treatment programme are case-finding, case-holding and chemotherapy and their efficiencies at the moment arc estimated to be approximately 30%, 35% and 75%, respectively. From this, it follows that less than 8% of the tuberculous patients in the community are being successfully treated. This paper demonstrates that appreciable improvement in the overall success of the treatment programme depends much more on increasing the efficiency of case-finding and case-holding than on evolving more and more effective regimens under study conditions. It is concluded that operational studies in case-finding and case-holding are urgently required. The few studies undertaken in these areas are reviewed, and some recommendations are made for improved performance of the treatment programme
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