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OBJECTIVE Recognizing the impact of the 1977 San Francisco study of trauma deaths in trauma care, our purpose was to reassess those findings in a contemporary trauma system. DESIGN Cross-sectional. MATERIAL AND METHODS All trauma deaths occurring in Denver City and County during 1992 were reviewed; data were obtained by cross-referencing four databases:(More)
OBJECTIVES We determined the prevalence and treatment rates of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in newly arrived refugees in San Diego County, California, and assessed demographic and clinical characteristics associated with these outcomes. METHODS We analyzed data from LTBI screening results of 4280 refugees resettled in San Diego County between(More)
The epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States is changing as the incidence of disease becomes more concentrated in foreign-born persons. Mycobacterium bovis appears to be contributing substantially to the TB incidence in some binational communities with ties to Mexico. We conducted a retrospective analysis of TB case surveillance data from the(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine the efficacy of coaching Latino adolescents with latent tuberculosis infection to adhere to isoniazid treatment. METHODS Participants (n = 286) were randomly assigned to adherence coaching, attention control, or usual care groups. Adherence was measured via interviews and validated with urine assays. RESULTS Coaching(More)
The objective was to test whether theoretical variables predict adherence to treatment for latent tuberculosis infection in high-risk Latino adolescents. 286 Latino adolescents, age 13-18 years, were recruited from 10 middle/high schools in San Diego County, San Diego, USA. Participants completed a baseline interview and up to 9 monthly interviews. The(More)
SETTING San Diego, California public health department tuberculosis clinic. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention (the Treasure Chest) that employed the behavior modification techniques of self-monitoring and positive reinforcement to increase adherence to therapy for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in children. (More)
Isoniazid is an efficacious treatment for latent tuberculosis. Concerns remain, however, regarding hepatotoxicity associated with this medication. In addition, adherence may be suboptimal because at least 6 months of treatment is required. We extracted information from our latent tuberculosis treatment database to determine adverse effects and treatment(More)
Centers for Disease Control guidelines for schistosomiasis and strongyloidiasis in Sudanese and Somali refugees are not widely implemented. Given limited prevalence data, we conducted a seroprevalence study of schistosomiasis, strongyloidiasis, and loiasis in Sudanese refugees across diverse ages. Sudanese refugees, ages 4-78, were recruited via community(More)
SETTING A local tuberculosis control program. OBJECTIVE To examine treatment completion rates of patients with Mycobacterium bovis disease and compare them with those of patients with M. tuberculosis disease. DESIGN Retrospective review of data from a tuberculosis surveillance computer database. RESULTS Data from 167 M. bovis patients and 928 M.(More)
SETTING Local public health department. OBJECTIVE To examine the current epidemiology of Mycobacterium bovis disease in San Diego County and to compare patient characteristics to those of patients with M. tuberculosis disease. DESIGN Retrospective review of surveillance and epidemiologic data. RESULTS Between 1994 and 2000, 1,931 evaluable cases of(More)