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Our multidisciplinary project on TB control in the Free State, South Africa, is targeting two dimensions for intervention: firstly, patients, to facilitate compliance and improve quality of care; secondly, the health care system, to identify weaknesses that require remedying and best practices to promote better TB control. This communication illustrates how social scientists can contribute towards the implementation of interventions related to their research, thus influencing TB policy, programme planning and practice more directly.
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Keywords: South Africa; TB control programme; intervention; social research; sociology

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerpen, Belgium 2: Centre for Health Systems Research & Development (CHSR&D), University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa 3: Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium 4: Department of Medical Microbiology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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