Evaluation of contact Investigation and Clinical Examination Services Conducted by Malatya Tuberculosis Dispanseries
Leyla Karaošlu*, Mehmet A. KurĆ§er**, Mine Kaya*, Erkan Pehlivan*, Metin F. GenĆ§, GĆ¼lsen GĆ¼než*, MĆ¼cahit Ešri*.
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Objectives: Close contactsā investigation is one of the most efficient and economic methods to control
tuberculosis in a society. This study was conducted to evaluate the identification and evaluation services for close
contacts of tuberculozis patients followed by Malatya Tuberculosis Control Dispanseries.
Material and method: All of 212 tuberculosis patients' records followed by the two Tuberculosis Control
Dispanseries in Malatya between January to December 1998 were evaluated.
Results: Of the tuberculosis patients, 60% were men and 40% were women. Mean age of the patients was
35.7Ā±1.3 years. Most of the patients had no health insurance (70.0%) and 28.8% were illiterate. An average of 4
close contacts per patient were identified but only 35% of them were evaluated for tuberculosis. Evaluations of
identified close contacts were performed in the central district (42.1%) more frequently compared to other
administrative districts (27.3%) (P