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Course of action taken by smear negative chest symptomatics: A report from a rural area in South India

Thomas, Aleyamma and Gopi, P G and Santha, T and Jaggarajamma, K and Charles, Niruparani and Prabhakaran, E and Narayanan, P R (2006) Course of action taken by smear negative chest symptomatics: A report from a rural area in South India. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 53 (1). pp. 4-6. ISSN 0019-5705

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate adherence to diagnostic algorithm of Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) and course of action taken by smear-negative chest symptomatics (CSs). Method: Interviewing smear-negative chest symptomatics. Results: Of the 423 smear-negative CSs interviewed, 85 (20%) were not prescribed antibiotics and only 133 (39%) received it for more than seven days. Of the 148 patients with persistence of symptoms, 83 (56%) returned for further investigations and only 39% were X-rayed. Main reasons for not returning were: ‘not aware’ or ‘consulted another health provider.’ Conclusion: Strict adherence to diagnostic algorithm and proper counselling of patients are important for diagnosing smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) cases.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tuberculosis, diagnostic algorithm, smear negative
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Clinical Research
Divisions: Clinical Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 09:12
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 06:33
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/738

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