Investigation – Treatment for Tuberculosis

For my disease paper, I have decided to execute further research on Tuberculosis, including the vaccine, its causes, its effects, and treatments. Since I have a basic understanding of the definition of tuberculosis, I thought it would be interesting to see how the infectious disease may be treated.

According to research, there is a rather significant number of physicians who are not fully educated on tuberculosis treatment. “Can Physicians Treat Tuberculosis? Report on a National Survey of Physician Practices” describes an experiment in which a group of doctors assessed whether the general population of physicians would follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for tuberculosis treatment.

Based on their research, several physicians described a treatment regimen that was inappropriate. There were specialists who more likely understood appropriate treatment; however, regimens were often too long of a duration or could lead to further transmission and drug resistance (Sumartojo, Geiter, Miller & Hale, 1997).

The results states that “physicians who treat tuberculosis require training and support.” Information should be available in various formats so physicians may access and understand it (Sumartojo, Geiter, Miller & Hale, 1997).

Treating tuberculosis seems like it may take longer than other bacterial infections, so what are the appropriate treatment options according to CDC?

There are ten drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating tuberculosis. Of the ten, there are four that are most common: isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol, and pyrazinamide, which are typically taken for an average of 6-9 months for full treatment (CDC). It is extremely important to complete the full course of treatment; if not, bacteria that are still alive may resist drugs and become more dangerous and difficult to treat.

How can we ensure that physicians are more aware of treatment options? Maybe there could be required courses or online orientations with examination questions to complete. Researchers could provide more presentations on the disease. Healthcare companies and agencies could send more information to offices. If it will help prevent the spread and placing individuals’ lives in danger, it is important to ensure the necessary information is widespread.

Citation Information:

CDC. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/treatment/default.htm

Sumartojo, E. M., Geiter, L. J., Miller, B., & Hale, B. E. (1997). Can physicians treat tuberculosis? report on a national survey of physican practices . Public Health Briefs, 87(12), 2008-2011.

Evaluation of Sources

Is the article from a peer-reviewed journal? Yes

Who wrote it? Individuals with advanced degrees

Who published the site? American Journal of Public Health

Does the article state both sides? It seemed as if it may have been biased, but research and numbers verify that both sides were taken into account.

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