I read the article by Kraut et al on the assessment of tuberculin screening in an urban pediatric clinic and Dr. Kendig's2 editorial comment in the same issue. I noted that they recommended the continued use of the tine test despite its poor effectiveness, even in their high-risk population, as a screening tool (even less effective when one considers that of Dr Kraut's cases six of nine were identified as at risk by history). It would probably be even less effective in a predominantly middle class outpatient practice with much lower incidence and prevalence rates.
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Letters to the Editor| August 01 1980
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Jeffrey E. Lindenbaum; Is Tuberculin Testing Cost-Effective?. Pediatrics August 1980; 66 (2): 333–334. 10.1542/peds.66.2.333b
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