AU : Hilleboe HE & Kiefer NC
TI : Rehabilitation and after care in tuberculosis.
SO : PUBLIC HEALTH REP 1946, 61, 285-294.
DT : Per
AB :

The authors discuss the general problems in rehabilitation and after-care in TB in the US and offer some suggestions to solve them. Less than 10% of the estimated 65-75,000 tuberculous persons needing rehabilitation annually, actually received such assistance. The four major objectives of the TB Control Division of the US Public Service were: 1) Case finding, 2) Adequate treatment and isolation facilities for all patients, 3) After-care and rehabilitation, 4) Protection of the patient’s family against economic distress. The Director of the US Vocational Rehabilitation Services classified available programs into five categories: 1) Social Adjustment, 2) Training and guidance, 3) Financial assistance, 4) Physical restoration and, 5) Employment. Difficulty in defining concepts and scope of activities had impacted the progress of all the phases of rehabilitation. Three key factors in estimating the actual per patient cost of rehabilitation, the types of tuberculous persons who are rehabilitated and the types of rehabilitation programs offered to the tuberculous persons are presented in detail.