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Table 1 Definition of treatment outcomes

From: Childhood tuberculosis and treatment outcomes in Accra: a retrospective analysis




A smear positive patient who completed treatment with a negative sputum smear in the final month of treatment and on at least one previous occasion

Treatment Completed

A sputum smear negative or extra-pulmonary TB registered patient or one with smear not done who has completed a full course of treatment

Treatment failed

A patient whose sputum smear is positive 5 months of treatment or later


Patient who dies for any reason while on TB treatment

Lost to follow up

A patient with interrupted treatment for 2 or more consecutive months

Not evaluated

A person whose treatment outcome is unknown

Treatment success

A combination of cure and treatment completed