Tuberculosis treatment outcomes among peri-urban children receiving doorstep tuberculosis care
DESIGN: We compared TB treatment outcomes among children aged 0–15 years receiving doorstep care (n = 82) with those of a historical group (n = 97) receiving clinic-based care.
RESULTS: The doorstep care and clinic-based groups had similar age and sex profiles; treatment default rates were 3.7% (3/82) vs. 38.1% (37/97, P < 0.0001), treatment completion rates were 65.9% (54/82) vs. 51.6% (50/97, P = 0.01), and cure rates were 13.4% (11/82) vs. 2.1% (2/97), respectively (P < 0.0001).
CONCLUSION: Children living in peri-urban communities had improved TB treatment outcomes with doorstep care.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: *Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) 2: *Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), †Medical Research Council CAPRISA HIV-TB Pathogenesis and Treatment Research Unit, Doris Duke Medical Research Institute, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Publication date: February 1, 2016
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