Treatment adherence of the latently infected tuberculosis population (Post-Katrina) at Wetmore {TB} Clinic, New Orleans, {USA}

  • Bieberly J.
  • Ali J.
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{OBJECTIVES}: To conduct a survey of the working of the Wetmore {TB} Clinic and to evaluate and analyze the follow-up data of the patient population diagnosed with latent {TB} infection ({LTBI}) at the Louisiana Office of Public Health ({OPH}) Region 1 Wetmore {TB} Clinic. {METHODS}: This data analysis, initiated as a student practicum course, is based on a chart review of patients attending the Wetmore {TB} Clinic between 1 January 2006 and 30 June 2007. Only those patients with a diagnosis of {LTBI} were included in the survey. {RESULT}: The total survey population in this data analysis consisted of 380 {LTBI} patients. Results were analyzed for demographic data, {TB} risk factors, referral sources and treatment outcomes. Forty-three per cent of all the patients with {LTBI} displayed at least one of these risk factors. Adherence rates for {LTBI} treatment were low, at 19%. {CONCLUSIONS}: Post-Katrina New Orleans presents a challenging environment for {TB} control. This study forms a basis for further planning, provision and evaluation of services to this population. Its results and conclusions could be reflective of similar issues pertaining to public health {TB} clinics in other cities where displacement of patients, movement of migratory transient workers and disbanded infrastructure due to natural or man-made disasters could pose a problem. (copyright) 2008 The Union.

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Bieberly J., & Ali J. (2008). Treatment adherence of the latently infected tuberculosis population (Post-Katrina) at Wetmore {TB} Clinic, New Orleans, {USA}. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 12(10), 1134–1138. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0040238

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