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Community based programmes can help to manage tuberculosis more effectively

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 14 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:864
  1. Richard de Soldenhoff, Regional medical officer
  1. Sulawesi (Support Programme from the Netherlands Leprosy Relief Association to the Government of Indonesia), Ujung Pandang, Indonesia

    EDITOR—In many low income countries the cure rates achieved by tuberculosis field programmes (for sputum smear positive cases) exceed the 85% target set by the World Health Organisation.1 However, the decision to favour outpatient rather than hospital treatment of tuberculosis in many such countries has been influenced by several factors not mentioned in Squire and Wilkinson's editorial2 that were only alluded to in the two accompanying papers. 3 4

    Programmes to control tuberculosis are often the responsibility …

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