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DOTS reaches socially marginalized population in the community: a study from a rural area of South India.

Narayanan, P R; Gopi, P G; Subramani, R; Santha, T; Chandrasekaran, V; Muniyandi, M; Radhakrishnan, S.
J Commun Dis; 41(3): 195-200, 2009 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-22010487
We report here that the Directly Observed Treatment, Short course (DOTS) is reaching all tuberculosis patients in the community irrespective of social classification based on the analysis from the tuberculosis prevalence survey and programme performance during 1999-2003 from a rural area in Tamilnadu, South India. New smear- positive cases treated under a DOTS programme were classified in two groups namely; scheduled caste living in colony and other population. The prevalence of smear- positive cases among the scheduled caste population was 1.9 times higher than the other population and this was reflected in the notification also. The successful treatment outcome was also similar in these two groups (75% and 78% respectively; overall 77%). From these findings it is concluded that people living in colony have equal access to DOTS as those in the village.
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