外籍勞工年度體檢肺結核之胸部X光篩檢成效

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Abstract

Alien workers are obligated to receive health examination when they enter
Taiwan and were followed up each year before they leave. Chest x-rays are used to screen for pulmonary tuberculosis. Although this policy has been carried out for years, the efficacy of chest x-rays screening has seldom been reported. Between 2001 and 2002, there were 80325 alien workers received annual health examination in our hospital. We used standard chest films (14'' X 17'') for screening pulmonary tuberculosis for these alien workers. Interpretation of the x-rays were categorized into two types: (1) Failed case was defined as radiographic findings suggesting open pulmonary tuberculosis; (2) Cases with other lung anomalies, including artifacts, were called back for repeated x-rays and re-analysis. Our screening results revealed that 64 workers were categorized as failed cases.192 workers were found with other lung anomalies initially, nine of them were re-classified as failed cases after call-back for confirmation. Therefore, a total of 73 alien workers (0.091 %) were categorized as failed cases. Of these, the failed cases at entry accounted 0.124% that was higher than that in their countries; 0.081% failed cases were diagnosed in 6 month after entry that was similar to the prevalence of the pulmonary tuberculosis among military conscripts in Taiwan. The overall prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis of alien workers was slightly higher than that of the Prevalence (0.065%) in Taiwan, but much lower than that in their countries. Our data may suggest the successfulness of this policy.
Original languageTraditional Chinese
Pages (from-to)49-52
Journal臺灣醫學
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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