Coverage of clinic-based TB screening in South Africa may be low in key risk groups


McCreesh N, Faghmous I, Looker C, Dodd PJ, Plumb ID, Shanaube K, Muyoyeta M, Godfrey-Faussett P, Ayles H, White RG


Public Health Action. 2016 Mar 21;6(1):19-21. doi: 10.5588/pha.15.0064. Epub 2015 Jan 25.

The South African Ministry of Health has proposed screening all clinic attendees for tuberculosis (TB). Amongst other factors, male sex and bar attendance are associated with higher TB risk. We show that 45% of adults surveyed in Western Cape attended a clinic within 6 months, and therefore potentially a relatively high proportion of the population could be reached through clinic-based screening. However, fewer than 20% of all men aged 18-25 years, or men aged 26-45 who attend bars, attended a clinic. The population-level impact of clinic-based screening may be reduced by low coverage among key risk groups.

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