||Stevens A, Bickler G, Jarrett L & Bateman N
||The public health management of tuberculosis among
the single homeless; is mass miniature X-ray screening effective?
||J EPIDEMIOL COMMUNITY HEALTH 1992, 46, 141-143.
The aim of the study was to test the assumption
that mass miniature X-ray screening of the single, homeless (hostel
residents) was a cost effective means of controlling pulmonary TB.
The study was a prospective experimental screening exercise to identify
new cases of active TB, completing treatment. The setting was eight
hostels in South London. A mobile X-ray screening facility was set
up outside the hostels. Subjects were 547 single, homeless residents
in the hostels. They were encouraged to attend for chest X-ray and
for active follow- up of abnormal X-rays. No new cases of active
TB were found leading to the conclusion that mass, miniature X-ray
was ineffective in controlling TB because of its unacceptability
and increasing inaccessibility to this population.
|KEYWORDS: HEALTH POLICY; UK.