Study for camps examining sputum of chest symptomatics attending outpatients of peripheral health institutions
Jagota, P.; Mahadev, B.; Uke, B.T. and Rao, K.L. Vasudva (1989) Study for camps examining sputum of chest symptomatics attending outpatients of peripheral health institutions. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 36 (1). pp. 27-30.
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The effect of referring to a camp chest symptomatics attending outpatients of a group of primary health institutions during a month, for examination of sputum on a future date (on an average about 15 days later) was studied. It was found that on referral for examination to a future date, only 16% of the referred patients attended the camp. Further, even if sputum positive cases among the referred patients were to be considered, only 16% of them returned. However, the educative effect of conducting such camps was encouraging in that the number of sputa examined, and the number of sputum positive cases diagnosed, increased significantly in the 6 months subsequent to the camp, compared to the 6 months prior to the camp month. Another encouraging feature was an increase in the sputum positivity rate among sputa examined in the subsequent 6 months.
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