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Free Content Tuberculosis treatment outcomes and socio-economic status: a prospective study in Duque de Caxias, Brazil [Short communication]

A prospective study was conducted to evaluate tuberculosis treatment outcomes according to socio-economic status (SES) using different classification criteria. Patients aged ≥18 years under treatment for ≤8 weeks were interviewed. Outcomes were classified as successful (cure/completed) or unsuccessful (default/failure/death). The overall treatment default ratio was 20.9% and the unsuccessful outcome rate was 24.1%. Unsuccessful treatment was associated with SES according to any criteria used, except for the definition of poverty line. Poverty seems to be hampering the achievement of the World Health Organization targeted 90% cure rate in developing settings.

Keywords: Brazil; SES; poverty; treatment outcome

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Department of Internal Medicine, Gama Filho University, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santa Casa da Misericordia General Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Department of Internal Medicine, Souza Marques Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tuberculosis Brazilian Network–Rede TB, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro Tuberculosis Scientific League, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2: Rio de Janeiro Tuberculosis Scientific League, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Collective Health Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3: Department of Internal Medicine, Gama Filho University, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Department of Internal Medicine, Souza Marques Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tuberculosis Brazilian Network–Rede TB, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro Tuberculosis Scientific League, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4: United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, USA 5: Department of Internal Medicine, Gama Filho University, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tuberculosis Brazilian Network–Rede TB, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro Tuberculosis Scientific League, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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