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Tuberculosis guidance aims to improve case detection and reduce drug resistance

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7543.688-c (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:688
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    New entrants to the country, prisoners, and homeless people should be assessed for risk of tuberculosis, new guidelines for the NHS recommend.

    The guidelines, which were developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the body that advises the NHS in England and Wales on treatments, and the National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions, also say that all patients with the disease should be assessed to improve detection of cases and reduce multidrug resistance.

    The guidelines say that information from ports of arrival should be used to identify new entrants. People newly registering with primary care and entering education (including universities) should also be targeted and links should be …

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