To assess the proportion of tuberculosis (TB) patients diagnosed in three medical colleges in the states of West Bengal and Meghalaya who benefited from the services provided under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), a line list of patients with reports of investigations suggesting probable or confirmed TB was prepared from the records of the pathology, radiology and microbiology departments. This was compared with another line list prepared using RNTCP records. Only 150 (36%) of 420 probable or confirmed TB patients were referred to the RNTCP services. This suggests a need for more intensive supervision and training of medical college faculty.
Quazi, TA.; Sarkar, S.; Borgohain, G.; Sreenivas, A.; Harries, AD.; Satyanarayana, S.; Khan, K.; Bishnu, B.; Tapader, S.; Phukan, AC.; Kabir, A.; Chaddha, V.; Paul, D.; Dewan, P. Are all patients diagnosed with tuberculosis in Indian medical colleges referred to the RNTCP? [Short communication]. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (2012) 16 (8) 1083-1085. [DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.11.0699]