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NICE advises screening for TB in hostels and prisons to reduce UK cases

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2309 (Published 23 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2309
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Commissioners of tuberculosis services need to adopt a more active approach to detecting the disease among hard to reach groups to help reduce the rate of infections, including screening at hostels for homeless people, prisons, and drug treatment centres, says the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Multidisciplinary TB teams are needed to provide rapid access TB clinics for hard to reach groups throughout the year, says the guidance. The teams should include at least one TB case manager with responsibility for planning and coordinating the care for this group of people, as well as specialists in paediatrics, infection control, and respiratory medicine,

Funds to provide transport to clinics, to provide incentives for treatment, or for paying staff to support …

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