CureTB and continuity of care for globally mobile patients
METHODS: Analysis of CureTB data collected between January 2012 to December 2015 to describe demographics and outcomes of referred patients and examine factors contributing to successful treatment outcomes.
RESULTS: CureTB received 1347 referrals mostly from health departments and law enforcement agencies in the United States (92%). A total of 858 referrals were for patients with verified or possible TB (64%). Most patients moved to Mexico or other Latin American countries (96%) and completed treatment after departing (78%). Poor treatment outcomes were associated with being in custody (33%), not being interviewed by CureTB (30%), and not having diabetes (18%).
CONCLUSION: CureTB successfully promoted transnational continuity of care for patients by exchanging information with international public health authorities and linking them directly with patients. This patient-centered strategy helps improve TB treatment success and reduce the global burden and transmission of TB.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 2: Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 3: Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 4: Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, Kāpili Services, Orlando, FL, USA
Publication date: July 1, 2020
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