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Critical appraisal of current recommendations and practices for tuberculosis sputum smear microscopy [workshop report]

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Show simple item record Gilpin, C. en_US Kim, S. J. en_US Lumb, R. en_US Rieder, H. L. en_US Van Deun, A. en_US 2007-12-06T14:47:02Z 2007-12-06T14:47:02Z 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1027-3719 en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-MLA en_US
dc.identifier.other MICRO en_US
dc.identifier.other U-MYCOB en_US
dc.identifier.other JIF en_US
dc.identifier.other ABSTRACT en_US
dc.description.abstract This report is the consensus-based, agreed position of the participants in a workshop for experts in sputum smear microscopy organised in August 2005 by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and as such reflects their views, but not necessarily those of their respective organisations. The group reviewed current practices in sputum smear microscopy for tuberculosis (TB) and suggests considering certain changes in standard guidelines for the sputum collection strategy and the definition of sputum smear-positive TB. The Ziehl-Neelsen staining guidelines need to incorporate a wider error margin for widespread application under field conditions. Quality assurance is of utmost importance, and needs more commitment from National Tuberculosis Programmes and other health authorities. In particular, allocation of sufficient resources for rechecking and integration of laboratory supervision must be ensured. Countries must make better investments in the purchase of high quality microscopes and laboratory supplies. To address the human resource crisis, personnel without specific laboratory schooling can, in principle, be trained to respond to immediate needs for TB diagnostic microscopy services. Periodic reporting on acid-fast smear examinations is highly desirable for regular monitoring and a more balanced provision of supplies. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease
dc.subject Bacterial diseases en_US
dc.subject Tuberculosis en_US
dc.subject Case detection en_US
dc.subject Laboratory diagnosis en_US
dc.subject Sputum smear microscopy en_US
dc.subject Quality assurance en_US
dc.subject Health personnel en_US
dc.subject Training en_US
dc.subject Infrastructure en_US
dc.subject Laboratory network en_US
dc.title Critical appraisal of current recommendations and practices for tuberculosis sputum smear microscopy [workshop report] en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.citation.issue 9 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease en_US
dc.citation.volume 11 en_US
dc.citation.pages 946-952 en_US Paris
dc.citation.jabbreviation Int J Tuberc Lung Dis en_US

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