Pediatric tuberculosis in rural South Africa - Value of directly observed therapy

Wilkinson, D. and Davies, G.R. (1998) Pediatric tuberculosis in rural South Africa - Value of directly observed therapy. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 44 5: 266-269. doi:10.1093/tropej/44.5.266


Author Wilkinson, D.
Davies, G.R.
Title Pediatric tuberculosis in rural South Africa - Value of directly observed therapy
Journal name Journal of Tropical Pediatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-6338
1465-3664
Publication date 1998-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/tropej/44.5.266
Volume 44
Issue 5
Start page 266
End page 269
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Oxford Journals
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1108 Medical Microbiology
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Tuberculosis is a major cause of mortality and morbidity among children in resource-poor settings. A strategy of community-based, directly observed therapy employed in a rural health district in South Africa since 1991 is described. Most children (75 per cent) diagnosed with tuberculosis were treated in the community and most of them (85 per cent) completed treatment. Supervision was either by clinic-based health workers (26 per cent), community health workers (20 per cent), or volunteer lay people (46 per cent). Among children diagnosed with tuberculosis who were also HIV infected, the case-fatality rate was higher than among the HIV uninfected, and a larger proportion of the HIV infected failed to complete treatment.
Keyword Community
Children
Disease
HIV
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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