TB Tool

Process-Based Performance Review for the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Recent research in the mining industry (SIMHEALTH 611)  found that clinicians failed to diagnose PTB in 44%, incorrectly ascribed PTB as the cause of death in 29%, and correctly ascribed PTB as the cause of death in 27% of patients autopsied.
 

This high rate of missed diagnoses means that many patients will have died prematurely. It also means that patients continue to spread the TB organism to their fellows, when early diagnosis and treatment would have prevented this. SIMHEALTH 808 aims to produce and distribute material that will help to improve clinical performance and programme management of TB.

 

SIMHEALTH 808 WEB SITE
Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee
 

Authorship
 

Dr Jill Murray

BA (Wits), PGCE (London University), MBBCh (Wits), FF Path (SA), DOH (Wits)

Head of Pathology Directorate, National Centre for Occupational Health

Honorary lecturer, Department of Community Health (Wits)

Honorary lecturer, Department of Pathology (National Health Laboratory Service)

 

Dr Mark Hopley

MBBCh (Wits), FCP (SA), FCCP

Senior Specialist Physician and Pulmonologist, Respiratory Unit, Department of Medicine, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg

Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

 

Dr Michelle Wong

MBBCh (Wits), DCH (SA), FCP (SA), FCCP

Principal Specialist Physician and Pulmonologist, Head of Respiratory Unit, Department of Medicine, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg

Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

 

Prof Peter Lowe

MBBCH (Wits), DPH (Wits), DTM & H (Wits), DOH (Wits)

 

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of:
 

Dr Lucille Blumberg

MBBCH (Wits), DCH (Wits), DTM & H (Wits), DOH) (Wits)

Clinical Microbiologist, Tuberculosis Laboratory, National Health Laboratory Service & University of the Witwatersrand

 

Prof Brendan Girdler-Brown

MBBCh (Rhodesia), FFCH (SA), M Med (Community Health) (UCT)

Health Sector Consulting and Training, Johannesburg