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Treatment Initiation among Patients with Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis in Bhopal District, India

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DOI: 10.4236/jtr.2017.54025    725 Downloads   1,406 Views Citations

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Revised national tuberculosis control programme in India has limited co-hort-wise information about what happens to patients diagnosed with multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB). We determined the pre-treatment loss to follow-up (non-initiation of treatment by programme within 6 months of diagnosis) and time from diagnosis to treatment initiation in Bhopal district, central India (2014). Pre-treatment loss to follow-up was 13% (0.95 CI: 7%, 23%), not significantly different from the national estimates (18%) and median time to initiate treatment was seven days, lower than that reported elsewhere in the country. Bhopal was performing well with reference to time to treatment initiation in programmatic settings.

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Shewade, H. , Kokane, A. , Singh, A. , Verma, M. , Parmar, M. , Chahar, S. , Tiwari, M. , Khan, S. , Nagar, M. , Singh, S. , Mehra, P. and Kumar, A. (2017) Treatment Initiation among Patients with Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis in Bhopal District, India. Journal of Tuberculosis Research, 5, 237-242. doi: 10.4236/jtr.2017.54025.

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