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Kekkaku. 2004 Jan;79(1):17-24.

[Tuberculosis control in Kawasaki City--promoting the DOT program].

[Article in Japanese]

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  • 1Infectious Disease Surveillance Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, 1-23-1, Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8640, Japan. yukit@nih.go.jp

Abstract

Kawasaki City initiated the DOT (Directly Observed Therapy) program in 2000 to improve tuberculosis (TB) control in the homeless persons and individuals living in temporary subsidized housing. The program was implemented as an additional program to the city's control policy of mass TB screenings for these groups. The DOT program was implemented through participation of numerous agencies sharing common goals. Through coordination and cooperation, a strategy suitable for the regional level was developed. Sectors involved were not only the TB control staff within the public health centers but also the entire public health centers, the welfare administrative division, the city's TB task force and homeless task force, and regional medical institutions. With the implementation of the DOT program, proper medical treatment, improved patient care, and various other measures were performed, and this led to the strengthening of TB control not only in designated DOT-implemented areas but also in the entire city. As a result, the treatment outcomes improved, and incidence rate of TB began to decrease.

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