Surveillance of tuberculosis in Europe.
Consensus-based recommendations have been developed by a Working Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) on uniform reporting of tuberculosis surveillance data in the countries of Europe.
A uniform case definition and a minimum set of variables for reporting on each case have been agreed which, when collated on a national basis, will allow comparison of the epidemiology of tuberculosis in different European countries.
The Working Group recommends that the case definition includes « definite » cases, where the diagnosis has been confirmed by culture (or supported by microscopy findings in countries where diagnostic culture facilities are not available), and « other than definite cases » based on a clinical diagnosis of tuberculosis combined with the intention to treat with a full course of antituberculosis therapy.
Both « definite » and « other than definite » cases should be notified by physicians and, in addition, laboratories should be required to report « definite » cases.
The minimum set of variables to be collected on each case of tuberculosis should include : date of starting treatment, place of residence, date of birth, gender, and country of origin, to characterize the patient.
Recommended disease-specific variables include : site of disease, bacteriological status (microscopy and culture), and history of previous antituberculosis chemotherapy. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Tuberculose, Mycobactériose, Bactériose, Infection, Poumon, Europe, Epidémiologie, Prévention, Homme, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Poumon pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Tuberculosis, Mycobacterial infection, Bacteriosis, Infection, Lung, Europe, Epidemiology, Prevention, Human, Respiratory disease, Lung disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0321518
Code Inist : 002B05B02E. Création : 10/04/1997.