c) Involvement of Private Practitioners
TI : General practitioners and tuberculosis: Editorial.
SO : INDIAN J TB 1975, 22, 133-135.
DT : Per
AB :

The editorial emphasises the need for GPs to be provided with adequate knowledge and training (a responsibility to be shared by universities, medical colleges, the central and state governments and others involved in the anti-TB programme) so that erroneous diagnosis, leading delayed referral and, misuse of drugs, by GPs, may be prevented. Suggestions to accomplish this objective include replacing mere clinical teaching with community-oriented teaching in urban and rural practice fields, where the practice of the NTCP can be demonstrated, giving priority, especially to rural GPs to attend symposia and various types of orientation courses and holding State TB conferences in the District Centers with the participation of GPs and other specialists. The NTCP has no concrete plan to enlist the GPs’ aid. The GPs could assist significantly by training qualified and popular practitioners in rural areas to hold TB Clinics, to refer cases and to manage these clinics without fear of losing the cases. Provision of proper record keeping schedules, facilities for X-ray and sputum examinations, if these cannot be arranged at the clinic itself, would encourage GPs to participate collaboratively with clinics so that the clinics could manage the diagnosis and treatment while the management of the cases including default actions could be the GPs’ responsibility. The TAI, with the IMA, could jointly develop a strategy for the active involvement of GPs in the NTCP and forward it to the Health Directorate for implementation, with their co-operation.