Tuberculosis Unseen - Missed Opportunities in Diagnosis

Authors

  • Aaron C. Miller
  • Linnea A. Polgreen
  • Philip M. Polgreen

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v7i1.5706

Abstract

This study estimates the number of tuberculosis cases that are potentially misdiagnosed as alternative respiratory illnesses in months prior to receiving a correct diagnosis. Inpatient and emergency department records in the state of California, from 2005 to 2011, were analyzed for patients that had an initial tuberculosis diagnosis along with a previous recorded visit. Tuberculosis patients were far more likely to receive a respiratory diagnosis in a window 5 to 90 days prior to their initial tuberculosis diagnosis than were uninfected patients. Findings suggest that more than 20% of tuberculosis cases are potentially missed in inpatient and emergency department settings.

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Published

2015-02-26

How to Cite

Miller, A. C., Polgreen, L. A., & Polgreen, P. M. (2015). Tuberculosis Unseen - Missed Opportunities in Diagnosis. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v7i1.5706

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Oral Presentations