Health Indicator Report of Tuberculosis Patients Who Complete Curative Therapy
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^]
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective TB-2.
Data SourceTuberculosis Information Management System, Tuberculosis Control Program, Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.nj.gov/health/hivstdtb/tb/]
DefinitionPercentage of tuberculosis patients who complete curative therapy within 12 months
NumeratorNumber of tuberculosis patients who completed curative therapy within 12 months
DenominatorTotal number of tuberculosis patients
Healthy People Objective: Increase treatment completion rate of all tuberculosis patients who are eligible to complete therapyU.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 but the rate fell below target in subsequent years.
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 InformationNJDOH Tuberculosis Control Program: [http://www.state.nj.us/health/hivstdtb/tb/]
Page Content Updated On 09/14/2017, Published on 09/19/2017