Timing of therapy for latent tuberculosis infection among immigrants presenting to a U.S. public health clinic: a retrospective study

Post Date: 
2008-05-12
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Publication: 
BMC Public Health
Summary: 
Background: In the U.S. more than half of incident tuberculosis (TB) cases occur in immigrants. Current guidelines recommend screening and treatment for latent TB infection (LTBI) within 5 years of arrival to the U.S. This study evaluates the timing of LTBI therapy among immigrants presenting for care to a public health TB clinic.
 
Methods: Retrospective chart review of patients prescribed LTBI treatment based on medical records from Prince Georges County Health Department.
Citation: 
Page KR, Manabe YC, Adelakun A, Ferderline L, Cronin W, Campbell JD, Dorman SE. Timing of therapy for latent tuberculosis infection among immigrants presenting to a U.S. public health clinic: a retrospective study. BMC Public Health. 2008 May 12;8:158. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-8-158.
Collaborators: 
  • Prince Georges County Tuberculosis Control Program, Cheverly, MD
  • Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, MD
  • Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD