Latent tuberculous screening of recent migrants attending language classes: A cohort study and cost analysis

Martine Usdin*, M. Dedicoat, R. Gajraj, P. Harrison, H. Kaur, K. Duffield, C. L. Walker, Y. Akram, V. Aiyedun, H. Mohamed, D. Zenner

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S E T T ING: England's national tuberculosis (TB) strategy recommends testing for and treatment of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) among new migrants. Programmatic testing occurs in primary care, which may be inaccessible for some individuals. Current strategies could therefore be complemented by screening in other settings. OBJECTIVE : To investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of LTBI screening in a community college. DE S IGN: A cohort study using observational data collected during the pilot study. Eligible students from high-incidence countries provided consent and were tested with a single-step interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) and enrolled. We used single and multivariable analyses to estimate screening effectiveness and to explore different subgroups. We included costs from a UK National Health Service perspective. RESULT S : Screening uptake was 75% and treatment completion was 85%. Of 440 students, 71 (16%) were LTBI-positive; two had active TB. There was an association of positivity with age and incidence in the country of origin. Three incidence thresholds met our criteria for screening: countries with .40, .100 and .200 cases per 100 000 population, plus students from sub-Saharan Africa. CONCLUS ION: We found that LTBI screening can be offered effectively in a community college, and could be a complement to primary care-based programmes in low-incidence countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-180
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank R Harris, Statistics and Modelling Economics Unit, Public Health England (PHE) Colindale, for his review of the statistics and helpful comments on the manuscript; and the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College London, London, UK, for their support.

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© 2017 Chipinduro et al.

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  • Community college
  • LTBI screening
  • Recent migrants
  • Tuberculosis


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