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Recurrent tuberculosis why do patients develop disease again? a usa public health service cooperative survey


, : Recurrent tuberculosis why do patients develop disease again? a usa public health service cooperative survey. American Journal of Public Health 78(1): 30-33

In October 1983, a retrospective survey was initiated to determine if patients reported to the Centers for Disease Control as having recurrent tuberculosis truly had recurrent disease and, if so, whey they had developed tuberculosis again. Twenty-three health jurisdictions provided information on 800 patients diagnosed as having recurrent tuberculosis during 1981 and 1982. We found that 199 (25 per cent) of the cases did not meet the criteria for recurrent disease. Of the remaining 601 recurrent cases, 20 per cent had no chemotherapy prescribed for their previous episodes of tuberculosis, 20 per cent were prescribed inadequate or inappropriate therapy, and 33 per cent were not compliant with their prescribed therapy regimens. Patients who, during their original episode of tuberculosis, received the major portion of their medical care from physicians in private practice were more compliant than those treated by other health care providers. However, those same patients were more likely to have received inappropriate therapy than patients treated by other providers. Better patient and physician education, closer monitoring, and greater use of preventive therapy and directly observed therapy are necessary to resolve these problems.

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