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Community treatment is effective for drug resistant tuberculosis

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:126
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Outpatient treatment by community workers achieved an 83% cure rate for multidrug resistant tuberculosis in a deprived area of Lima, Peru, says a report in the New England Journal of Medicine (2003:348;119-28). The investigators were from the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health in Boston and from the Sergio E. Bernales Hospital and Servicios Basicos de Salud in Lima.

    Principal investigator Dr Paul Farmer said the study showed that patients from poor countries with chronic multidrug resistant tuberculosis could be successfully treated on an ambulatory basis outside referral centres.

    The programme used …

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