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Author(s): Xerinda, S
Oliveira, O
Lucas, R
Fonseca, JE
Varela, P
Cotter, J
Duarte, R
Title: Gaps and barriers to tuberculosis screening among anti-tumor necrosis factor prescribers
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: Delegates from the Tuberculosis Committee of the Portuguese Pulmonology Society, the Portuguese Rheumatology Society, the Portuguese Dermatology and Venereology Society and the Portuguese Gastroenterology Society, have revised and updated, in 2012, their guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection and active tuberculosis in patients that are candidates for therapy with biologic drugs. In order to identify perceived barriers to tuberculosis screening among patients candidate to anti-TNF treatment, we performed a cross-sectional survey including rheumatologists, gastroenterologists and dermatologists who prescribed anti-TNF agents, identified by the respective Scientific Societies, throughout Portugal. Ninety-five physicians (85 specialist and 10 trainees with more than 3 years of practice) participated in the survey, including 42 rheumatologists (response rate 28%), 32 dermatologists (12% response) and 21 gastroenterologists (4% response). No information was collected on non-respondents. This study showed that most of the participants were aware of tuberculosis risk and that they screened patients for tuberculosis following guidelines.
Subject: Tuberculosis - Screening
Anti-tumor necrosis
Source: Acta Reumatol Port, vol. 41(4), p. 382-384
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Nacional
Rights: openAccess
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