Prevalence of Asymptomatic Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Healthcare Workers in a University hospital

Authors

  • Suntaree Jeejaila Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  • Narongpon Dumavibhat Department of Preventive and Social medicine Faculty of Medicine Siriraj hospital Mahidol University
  • Sitthiphon Bunman Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University
  • Arisara Chuaypeng Department of Preventive and Social medicine Faculty of Medicine Siriraj hospital Mahidol University
  • Wiyachatr Monklang Department of Preventive and Social medicine Faculty of Medicine Siriraj hospital Mahidol University
  • Pennapa Kaweewongprasert Department of Preventive and Social medicine Faculty of Medicine Siriraj hospital Mahidol University
  • Sichon Luerithiphong Department of Preventive and Social medicine Faculty of Medicine Siriraj hospital Mahidol University
  • Dittapol Muntham Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Rajamangala University of Technology Suvarnabhumi
  • Thirajit Boonsaen Department of Preventive and Social medicine Faculty of Medicine Siriraj hospital Mahidol University
  • Supakorn Chansaengpetch Department of Preventive and Social medicine Faculty of Medicine Siriraj hospital Mahidol University
  • Tirathat Virojskulchai Department of Preventive and Social medicine Faculty of Medicine Siriraj hospital Mahidol University

Keywords:

pulmonary tuberculosis, healthcare worker, annual health check-up, active case finding

Abstract

This study aims to investigate the prevalence of asymptomatic healthcare workers with pulmonary tuberculosis in one university hospital. The study was a retrospective chart review of healthcare workers who underwent the annual screening chest radiograph from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2019.​ The data was analyzed and presented by frequency and percentage. There were 73 patients during the 5-year period, and the prevalence was 0.17, 0.18, 0.13, 0.14, and 0.09 percent, respectively. 78.1% were female, while the mean age was 32.49 years. 47.9% were in the age group 20-30 years. 53.4% had normal body mass index (BMI), while 26% had low BMI. 18 patients (24.7%) had positive sputum culture. The implications of this study may lead to surveillance and policy planning, e.g., active case finding with screening chest x-ray in at-risk population.

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2021-12-24

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Jeejaila ส, Dumavibhat ณ, Bunman ส, Chuaypeng อ, Monklang ว, Kaweewongprasert เ, Luerithiphong ส, Muntham ด, Boonsaen ถ, Chansaengpetch ศ, Virojskulchai ธ. Prevalence of Asymptomatic Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Healthcare Workers in a University hospital. JPMAT [Internet]. 2021 Dec. 24 [cited 2022 Aug. 13];11(3):546-57. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPMAT/article/view/251738

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