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Screening for latent tuberculosis and gastrointestinal parasite infections in Gurkha recruits: research driving policy change

O'Shea, M. K., Fletcher, Tom E., Tupper, D., Ross, D. and Wilson, D. (2014) 'Screening for latent tuberculosis and gastrointestinal parasite infections in Gurkha recruits: research driving policy change'. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Vol 160, Issue 2, pp. 180-182.

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Abstract

Nepalese Gurkha soldiers are recruited from a country endemic for a number of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis and gastrointestinal parasites. This article describes a prospective cohort study which investigated screening strategies for these infections among Gurkha recruits arriving in the UK to begin basic training. Several recommendations were made as a result of the study which were supported for early implementation and subsequently fully adopted. Military screening and treatment policies have been directly influenced by this research which also has translational application to similar migrant civilian populations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 108 Preventive health services. Preventive medicine. Travel Medicine.
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 243 Diagnositic services
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 698 Parasitic intestinal diseases (General)
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 200 Tuberculosis (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1136/jramc-2014-000259
Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:09
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/5145

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