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Am J Public Health. 2002 May;92(5):826-9.

Tuberculosis screening among foreign-born persons applying for permanent US residence.

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Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga, USA. yzs2@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study sought to determine adherence of physicians to tuberculosis (TB) screening guidelines among foreign-born persons living in the United States who were applying for permanent residency.

METHODS:

Medical forms of applicants from 5 geographic areas were reviewed, along with information from a national physician database on attending physicians. Applicant and corresponding physician characteristics were compared among those who were and were not correctly screened.

RESULTS:

Of 5739 applicants eligible for screening via tuberculin skin test, 75% were appropriately screened. Except in San Diego, where 11% of the applicants received no screening, most of the inappropriate screening resulted from the use of chest x-rays as the initial screening tool.

CONCLUSIONS:

Focused physician education and periodic monitoring of adherence to screening guidelines are warranted.

PMID:
11988454
PMCID:
PMC1447168
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.92.5.826
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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