Tuberculosis remains one of the top causes of morbidity among adult Filipinos. In a 2013 data from the Department of Health (DOH), tuberculosis is the 8th cause of death in the Philippines. In its aim to lessen, if not eradicate, the incidence of TB in the Philippines, health authorities are always coming up with new diagnosis, treatment, and prevention modalities.
The Philippine College of Physicians or PCP offers the new Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Adult Filipinos 2016 updates.
The 2016 Update contains 24 recommendations on Diagnosis, 29 recommendations on Treatment, 4 recommendations on Drug-Resistant TB, 17 recommendations on TB-HIV and other High Risk Clinical Groups, and 10 recommendations on Prevention and Control. Throughout the document, the updated WHO case definitions, policies and procedures are used, with major reference to the ISTC 2014 and the DOH’s latest NTP Manual of Procedures.
CPG TB in Adult Filipinos