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Tubercle. 1991 Dec;72(4):284-90.

Treatment of tuberculosis by private general practitioners in India.

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  • 1Foundation for Research in Community Health, Bombay, India.

Abstract

Early detection and optimal treatment constitute the most important measures in the control of tuberculosis. This study of prescriptions for tuberculosis recommended by 102 private doctors, practising in the slums of Bombay, shows a lack of awareness among doctors who treat tuberculosis patients in their own clinics about the standard drug regimens for treatment of tuberculosis recommended by national and international agencies. While there are a few standard, efficient, recommended regimens, 100 private doctors prescribed 80 different regimens, most of which were both inappropriate and expensive. The study highlights the need for effective communication between those implementing national tuberculosis programmes and the practising private doctors, continuing education of these doctors for updating their knowledge and their active participation in at least those national disease programme for which their curative functions could contribute significantly to control of a disease.

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