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SETTING The Government of India's Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), Andhra Pradesh, South India. OBJECTIVES To study the basic characteristics and treatment outcomes of tuberculosis (TB) patients classified as 'retreatment others' and compare their treatment outcomes with smear-positive retreatment TB cases (relapse, failure, and(More)
BACKGROUND Under the Indian Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) patients not confirmed as starting treatment are reported as 'initial defaulters'. SETTING Twenty districts of Andhra Pradesh State, India. OBJECTIVE To evaluate reasons for treatment non-initiation in smear-positive PTB patients(More)
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