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Important Facts for Tuberculosis Patients Who Complete Curative Therapy

Definition

Percentage of tuberculosis patients who complete curative therapy within 12 months

Numerator

Number of tuberculosis patients who completed curative therapy within 12 months

Denominator

Total number of tuberculosis patients

Why Is This Important?

If not treated properly, tuberculosis (TB) disease can be fatal. TB bacteria usually attack the lungs but may attack any part of the body. The bacteria are typically spread through the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat expels tiny airborne particles which people nearby can breathe in and become infected. Early detection and treatment of TB are essential to control the spread of the disease and to prevent outbreaks.[https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/basics/default.htm ^1^]

Healthy People Objective: Increase treatment completion rate of all tuberculosis patients who are eligible to complete therapy

U.S. Target: 93.0 percent
State Target: 93.0 percent

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective TB-2''': Increase the treatment completion rate within 12 months for all tuberculosis cases which can be adequately treated in that time frame to 93%.

How Are We Doing?

The Healthy New Jersey 2020 target was met in 2012 and again in 2016 but has yet to remain stable above the target rate.

What Is Being Done?

The [http://www.state.nj.us/health/hivstdtb/tb/ Tuberculosis Control Program] supports TB ambulatory care activities (clinical evaluation, treatment, prevention and epidemiology) at the county, municipal, and institutional level through the provision of health service grant funds, staff, medication, consultation, and education. The program also collaborates closely with the [http://globaltb.njms.rutgers.edu/ New Jersey Medical School's Global TB Institute] at Rutgers University to provide training.

Health Program Information

NJDOH Tuberculosis Control Program: [http://www.state.nj.us/health/hivstdtb/tb/]
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