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European Union standards for tuberculosis care

Migliori, Giovanni Battista and Zellweger, Jean-Pierre and Abubakar, Ibrahim and Ibraim, E. and Caminero, José A. and De Vries, Gerard and D'Ambrosio, Lia and Centis, Rosella and Sotgiu, Giovanni and Menegale, Olivia and Kliiman, Kai and Aksamit, Timothy R. and Cirillo, Daniela M. and Danilovits, Manfred and Dara, M. and Dheda, Keertan and Dinh-Xuan, Anh Tuan and Kluge, Hans and Lange, Christoph and Leimane, Vaira and Loddenkemper, Robert and Nicod, Laurent P. and Raviglione, Mario C. and Spanevello, Antonio and Thomsen, Vibeke Østergaard and Villar, Miguel and Wanlin, Maryse and Wedzicha, Jadwiga A. and Zumla, Alimuddin and Blasi, Francesco and Huitric, Emma and Sandgren, Andreas and Manissero, Davide (2012) European Union standards for tuberculosis care. European Respiratory Journal, Vol. 39 (4), p. 807-819. eISSN 1399-3003. Article.

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DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00203811

Abstract

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) jointly developed European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care (ESTC) aimed at providing European Union (EU)-tailored standards for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis (TB).
The International Standards for TB Care (ISTC) were developed in the global context and are not always adapted to the EU setting and practices. The majority of EU countries have the resources and capacity to implement higher standards to further secure quality TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention. On this basis, the ESTC were developed as standards specifically tailored to the EU setting.
A panel of 30 international experts, led by a writing group and the ERS and ECDC, identified and developed the 21 ESTC in the areas of diagnosis, treatment, HIV and comorbid conditions, and public health and prevention. The ISTCs formed the basis for the 21 standards, upon which additional EU adaptations and supplements were developed.
These patient-centred standards are targeted to clinicians and public health workers, providing an easy-to-use resource, guiding through all required activities to ensure optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of TB. These will support EU health programmes to identify and develop optimal procedures for TB care, control and elimination.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:7933
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:European Respiratory Society, European Union Standards, guidelines, MDR-TB, TB
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/01 Statistica medica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze Biomediche
Publisher:European Respiratory Society
eISSN:1399-3003
Deposited On:05 Sep 2012 17:12

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