Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
BMJ. 1993 Sep 25;307(6907):759-61.

Tuberculosis and poverty.

Author information

  • 1Aintree Chest Centre, Fazakerley Hospital, Liverpool.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine whether the historical link between tuberculosis and poverty still exists.

DESIGN:

Retrospective study examining the notifications of all forms of tuberculosis by council ward over a six year period and correlating this with four indices of poverty; council housing, free school meals, the Townsend overall deprivation index, and the Jarman index.

SETTING:

The 33 electoral wards of the city of Liverpool.

SUBJECTS:

344 residents of Liverpool with tuberculosis.

RESULTS:

The rate of tuberculosis was correlated with all measures of poverty, the strongest correlation being with the Jarman index (r = 0.73, p < 0.0001). This link was independent of the high rates of tuberculosis seen in ethnic minorities.

CONCLUSION:

Tuberculosis remains strongly associated with poverty.

Comment in

PMID:
8219945
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1696420
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk