Public health guidance on tuberculosis control in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations

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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Guidance on tuberculosis control in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. Stockholm: ECDC; 2016.

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​This guidance provides support to those working towards strengthening tuberculosis prevention and control among vulnerable populations. It provides an overview of interventions to improve early diagnosis of tuberculosis and treatment completion in these populations, as well as factors to consider when developing programmes for health communication, awareness and education, and programme monitoring and evaluation.
 
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Two systematic reviews performed during the development of this guidance are published in two articles in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Here you can find the unedited versions of the manuscripts, but the final versions edited and published by the Lancet Infectious Diseases prevail.

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Barriers and facilitators for the uptake of tuberculosis diagnostic and treatment services by hard-to-reach populations in low- and medium-incidence countries: A systematic review of qualitative literature

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Tuberculosis (TB) disproportionally affects hard-to-reach populations such as people who are homeless, migrants, refugees, prisoners, or drug users. These people often face challenges in accessing quality healthcare services.

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Supplementary Web Appendices for Tuberculosis in hard-to-reach populations 1

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Supplementary Web Appendices for Tuberculosis in hard-to-reach populations 1: Barriers and facilitators to the uptake of tuberculosis diagnostic and treatment services by hard-to-reach populations in countries of low and medium tuberculosis incidence: a systematic review of qualitative literature

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Effectiveness of interventions aiming at identifying and managing tuberculosis among hard-to-reach populations: A systematic review

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We performed a systematic review of interventions with a scoping component of relevant studies published between 1990-2015 to update and extend previous NICE reviews on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at identifying and managing TB in hard-to-reach populations.

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Supplementary Web Appendices for Tuberculosis in hard-to-reach populations 2

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Effectiveness of interventions for diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in hard-to-reach populations in countries of low and medium tuberculosis incidence: a systematic review - appendices.