How to improve TB outpatient service during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: an example from a TB low-endemic country


tuberculosis; outpatient care; Italy; TB-care, medical ethics


Despite notable progresses in the recent decades, tuberculosis (TB) continues to remain a public health concern even in Europe. TB prevention and care should be people-centred, improving ambulatory models across countries, in order to expand access to diagnosis and treatment for both TB infection and disease. Even more, during emergencies such as the current pandemic, when seeking of TB care has been replaced by the fear of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), TB patients care is fundamental. In this short communication, we document how was possible to implement a TB outpatient service meanwhile a local outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 transmission was ongoing.


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