Registering initial defaulters and reporting on their treatment outcomes

A. D. Harries, I. D. Rusen, C. Y. Chiang, S. G. Hinderaker, D. A. Enarson

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Abstract

This Unresolved Issues article highlights three original articles that appeared last year in the Journal discussing the phenomenon of initial defaulters. There are three important challenges with patients that appear in the laboratory sputum register but are not recorded in the tuberculosis (TB) patient register: the first is how to identify these patients, trace them and get them on to treatment as soon as possible; the second is how to register and report on these cases as part of the case-finding component of TB control; and the third is whether to include these initial default patients in the cohort analysis of treatment outcomes. We recommend a step-wise approach to these challenges and advocate that these patients be included, wherever possible, in the TB patient register and in the cohort analysis of treatment outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-803
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume13
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Initial defaulters
  • Registration
  • Treatment outcomes
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Harries, A. D., Rusen, I. D., Chiang, C. Y., Hinderaker, S. G., & Enarson, D. A. (2009). Registering initial defaulters and reporting on their treatment outcomes. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 13(7), 801-803.

Registering initial defaulters and reporting on their treatment outcomes. / Harries, A. D.; Rusen, I. D.; Chiang, C. Y.; Hinderaker, S. G.; Enarson, D. A.

In: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Vol. 13, No. 7, 07.2009, p. 801-803.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harries, AD, Rusen, ID, Chiang, CY, Hinderaker, SG & Enarson, DA 2009, 'Registering initial defaulters and reporting on their treatment outcomes', International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 801-803.
Harries, A. D. ; Rusen, I. D. ; Chiang, C. Y. ; Hinderaker, S. G. ; Enarson, D. A. / Registering initial defaulters and reporting on their treatment outcomes. In: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2009 ; Vol. 13, No. 7. pp. 801-803.
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