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Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Tuberculosis, and Measures for Its Prevention and Control

NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 33


London: Royal College of Physicians (UK); .
ISBN-10: 1-86016-277-0


This guideline deals with activities undertaken by professionals in the NHS with the aims of diagnosing primary cases of tuberculosis (TB), identifying secondary cases, treating active disease, controlling latent infection and preventing further transmission. At a population level, the combined result of these activities should be to curb and then reverse the increase in TB seen in England and Wales in recent years. TB is a disease of poverty, and specific groups of the population are at heightened risk. To address this, the guideline provides recommendations, wherever there is evidence to support it, on ways of organising services efficiently to provide the best possible care. Almost all cases of TB are preventable, and almost all people with TB can be cured.


Mission statement: The Royal College of Physicians plays a leading role in the delivery of high quality patient care by setting standards of medical practice and promoting clinical excellence. We provide physicians in the United Kingdom and overseas with education, training and support throughout their careers. As an independent body representing over 20,000 Fellows and Members worldwide, we advise and work with government, the public, patients and other professions to improve health and healthcare.

The Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit: The Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit (CEEU) of the Royal College of Physicians has expertise in the development of evidence-based guidelines and the organisation and reporting of multicentre comparative performance data. The work programme is collaborative and multiprofessional, involving the relevant specialist societies and patient groups, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Healthcare Commission. The CEEU is self-financing with funding from national health service bodies, the Royal College of Physicians, charities and other organisations.

Suggested citation:

National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions. Tuberculosis: clinical diagnosis and management of tuberculosis, and measures for its prevention and control. London: Royal College of Physicians, 2006.

Copyright © 2006, Royal College of Physicians of London.

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Bookshelf ID: NBK45802PMID: 20945575


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