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Systematic screening for active tuberculosis: principles and recommendations

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World Health Organisation (WHO)
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Geneva, WHO, 2013

This document presents the first comprehensive assessment by WHO of the
appropriateness of screening for active TB since the recommendations made
in 1974 by the Expert Committee. It sets out basic principles for prioritizing risk groups and choosing a screening approach. It also emphasizes the importance of assessing the epidemiological situation, adapting approaches to local
situations, integrating TB screening into other health-promotion activities,
minimizing the risk of harm to individuals, and engaging in continual
monitoring and evaluation. It calls for more and better research to assess the
impact of screening and to develop and evaluate new screening tests and