Tuberculosis case-finding among symptomatics in the community: a reappraisal

Chakraborty, A. (1981) Tuberculosis case-finding among symptomatics in the community: a reappraisal. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 28 (1). pp. 12-17.

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Abstract

The anti-tuberculosis programme for case-finding from among self reporting symptomatic patients at the general health facilities is found to diagnose only about 600-650 cases of pulmonary tuberculosis as against the potential of about 2,000. The reasons for shortfall could be the relative lack of urgency about cough among suffering persons in the community especially among the elderly male patients forming the biggest reservoir of cases, preference to indigenous medical practitioners, private practitioners and quacks over the Government dispensaries by those who seek action and distance of the Government dispensary from villages. The scheme of Multipurpose Workers (MPW) visiting patients in their homes in the villages can remedy the above lacunae. It is shown to be simple. Preparation of sputum smears and their despatch to examination centres are found feasible.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Tuberculosis finding, Case finding, Symptoms, Epidemiology
Subjects:Persons > Age Groups
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses > Bacterial Infections > Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections > Actinomycetales Infections > Mycobacterium Infections > Tuberculosis
-Institutional Repositories > National Tuberculosis Institute
Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms > Signs and Symptoms
Health Occupations > Medicine > Epidemiology
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Respiratory Tract Infections > Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Lung Diseases > Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
-Journal Repositories > Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
ID Code:574
Deposited By:Librarian Sudha S Murthy
Deposited On:04 August 2005

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