||Anti-tuberculosis treatment failure in clinical practice
||INDIAN J TB 1997, 44, 121-24.
This paper briefly highlights the factors responsible
for treatment failure in clinical practice. The author has limited
his discussion to the factors related to the physicians and drugs.
The factors which influence the outcome of anti-TB treatment are
classified as intrinsic - those related to the patient
and extraneous - those which are not directly related
to the disease or the mycobacteria, but influence the treatment
Prescription errors and drugs confusion are two
important factors responsible for failure of treatment of TB. Both
these factors are potentially preventable if greater inputs are
made in programmes related to physicians education and drug
|KEY WORDS: DEFAULT; TREATMENT FAILURE; INDIA.