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Language in tuberculosis services: can we change to patient-centred terminology and stop the paradigm of blaming the patients?

Zachariah, R.; Harries, A. D.; Srinath, S.; Ram, S.; Viney, Kerri; Singogo, E.; Lal, P.; Mendoza-Ticona, Asmara; Sreenivas, A.; Aung, N. W.; Sharath, B. N.; Kanyerere, H.; van Soelen, N.; Kirui, N.; Ali, E.; Hinderaker, S. G.; Bissell, K.; Enarson, D. A.; Edginton, M. E.


The words ‘defaulter’, ‘suspect’ and ‘control’ have been part of the language of tuberculosis (TB) services for many decades, and they continue to be used in international guidelines and in published literature. From a patient perspective, it is our opinion that these terms are at best inappropriate, coercive and disempowering, and at worst they could be perceived as judgmental and criminalising, tending to place the blame of the disease or responsibility for adverse treatment outcomes on one...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.11.0635


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