Coverage of clinic-based TB screening in South Africa may be low in key risk groups.

McCreesh, N; Faghmous, I; Looker, C; Dodd, PJ; Plumb, ID; Shanaube, K; Muyoyeta, M; Godfrey-Faussett, P; Ayles, H; White, RG; (2015) Coverage of clinic-based TB screening in South Africa may be low in key risk groups. Public health action, 6 (1). pp. 19-21. ISSN 2220-8372 DOI:

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The South African Ministry of Health has proposed screening all clinic attendees for tuberculosis (TB). Amongst other factors, male sex and bar attendance are associated with higher TB risk. We show that 45% of adults surveyed in Western Cape attended a clinic within 6 months, and therefore potentially a relatively high proportion of the population could be reached through clinic-based screening. However, fewer than 20% of all men aged 18-25 years, or men aged 26-45 who attend bars, attended a clinic. The population-level impact of clinic-based screening may be reduced by low coverage among key risk groups. Abstract available from the publisher. Abstract available from the publisher.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: TB Centre
PubMed ID: 27051606
Web of Science ID: 375453400006


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