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Researchers identify patients not likely to complete TB treatment

August 4, 2017

Marital status, substance use and extent of medical history are among the factors that could determine which patients are most likely to finish latent tuberculosis infection treatment, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

“The proportion of patients who complete [latent tuberculosis infection] treatment remains small...” McKenna C Eastment, MD, MPH, of the department of medicine at the University of Washington, and colleagues wrote. “Understanding which patients may be at risk for noncompletion can help providers identify patients, especially those at risk of progression to active tuberculosis, who may need enhanced support or case management to ensure completion.”

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