A novel system to obtain addresses of out-patients: assessment in routine, clinic practice in Madras

Satagopan, M.C.; Radhakrishna, S.; Krishnaswami, K.V.; Somasundaram, P.R.; Tripathy, S.P. and Fox, Wallace (1983) A novel system to obtain addresses of out-patients: assessment in routine, clinic practice in Madras. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 30 (3). pp. 93-96.

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Abstract

A novel method of obtaining accurate home addresses from out-patients was introduced as a routine procedure in 6 chest clinics of Madras City, following highly satisfactory results under study conditions. In this method, the patient is given a card (the Address card), and asked to get his exact address entered on it by any knowledgeable person of his choice such as the landlord or a neighbour. An assessment of the system was undertaken after it had been in operation for about 8 months. A complete and legible address was available for 82% of 3956 patients, the range in the 6 clinics being 74% to 91%. The main causes for failure were: not giving Address card to patient (7%), patient not reattending the clinic (6%), and patient reattending but not returning the Address card (3%). Corrective measures have now been introduced, and a re-assessment will be undertaken in due course.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Out Patients, Addresses, Chest Clinics, Madras, Tuberculosis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Patients
Subjects:Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation > Delivery of Health Care
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services > Health Services
Social Sciences > Government Programs
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services > Health Manpower
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Respiratory Tract Infections > Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
Therapeutics > Patient Care
Persons > Patients
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Lung Diseases > Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
-Journal Repositories > Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services > Health Facilities
ID Code:2633
Deposited By:Mrs Naina Pandita
Deposited On:27 February 2008

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