Status of smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis patients after chemotherapy under the district tuberculosis programme
Datta, Manjula (1991) Status of smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis patients after chemotherapy under the district tuberculosis programme. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 38 (2). pp. 63-68.
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In North Arcot district, where Short Course Chemotherapy (SCC) had been introduced in 1983, a cross sectional survey was carried out in respect of smear positive patients put on SCC or traditional regimens between April 1986 and March 1988. It was found that 19% of the treatment cards from the D.T.C. were in respect of duplicate registrations.The address given was inadequate in 13% of the cards. Only 69% of the smear positive patients had accepted short course chemotherapy and the rest were given traditional regimens. The cross sectional survey covered the period 6 to 36 months after the start of treatment. Overall mortality in patients with tuberculosis was 28% during 36 months. It was 3-5 times as high in those who had taken less than 50% of chemotherapy, irrespective of age. Thirty one percent of the patients were smear positive at the time of the home visit. However, among those who had taken 80% or more of chemotherapy, 20% on SCC and 26% placed on conventional treatment were sputum positive. Nonetheless, even among those who had taken less than 50% of Chemotherapy about 58% were sputum negative. Int
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