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Volume 5, Number 6—December 1999

Using Automated Pharmacy Records to Assess the Management of Tuberculosis

Girish S. Subramanyan*, Deborah S. Yokoe*Comments to Author , Sharon Sharnprapai†, Edward Nardell†, Eugene McCray‡, and Richard Platt*
Author affiliations: *Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; †Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA; ‡Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; §Harvard Medical School, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Characteristics of tuberculosis cases

Tuberculosis cases treated in HMO, n = 27 (60%) Tuberculosis cases treated 
outside HMO, n = 18 (40%)
Mean age 39 40
Male 16 (59%) 7 (39%)
Foreign born 22 (81%) 15 (83%)
Pulmonary disease, with or without extrapulmonary involvement 12 (44%) 9 (50%)
Adequate prescribed regimen by treating physician 26 (96%) 17 (94%)
Antituberculosis medications dispensed through HMO pharmacies 26 (96%) 15 (83%)
Duration (in days) of antituberculosismedication dispensing by HMO (median, interquartile range) 189 (148-291) 1 (0-32)
Standard regimen dispensed by HMO (median, interquartile range) 99% (86%-100%) 24% (17%-40%)

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