Investing time in microscopy: an opportunity to optimise smear-based case detection of tuberculosis.

@article{Cambanis2007InvestingTI,
  title={Investing time in microscopy: an opportunity to optimise smear-based case detection of tuberculosis.},
  author={Alexis Cambanis and Andrew M. Ramsay and Venasius K Wirkom and Emilienne Tata and Luis E Cuevas},
  journal={The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease},
  year={2007},
  volume={11 1},
  pages={40-5}
}
SETTING St. Elizabeth Hospital, rural North-west Cameroon, an area with high tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) incidence. OBJECTIVE To measure the time spent during routine sputum smear microscopy and assess whether reexamining slides for 10 min translates into higher case detection of smear-positive cases. DESIGN A prospective observational study over a 6-month period with three components: 1) timing of routine sputum smear examination; 2) blinded reexamination of… CONTINUE READING
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