What is it about?

Conversion of sputum smear from positive to negative is an interim indicator of anti-tuberculosis treatment effectiveness. However, alcohol consumption delays the smear conversion rate significantly. We included 436 multi-drug-resistant TB patients to confirm this finding.

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Why is it important?

Alcohol can be thought as a drug that can interact with other anti-TB medications thereby a threat for treatment success. Also, people who consume alcohol have poor adherence to treatment and thereby poor recovery. Hence, this research finding helps to design interventions targeted to reduce alcohol consumption among tuberculosis patients.


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This page is a summary of: Alcohol drinking delays the rate of sputum smear conversion among DR-TB patients in northwest Ethiopia; A retrospective follow-up study, PLoS ONE, March 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0264852.
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