Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH
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Reichman LB. Tuberculin Skin Tests in Hospital Employees. Ann Intern Med. 1996;124:612. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-124-6-199603150-00014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(6):612.
TO THE EDITOR:
Bailey and colleagues  studied risk factors for tuberculin positivity in hospital employees and found that the employees' postal zones of residence had the strongest statistical association with tuberculin skin test conversion.
Several years ago, in an effort to define the baseline levels of tuberculosis in a large urban population and to quantitate the risk factors for a positive tuberculin test result, we studied skin test results of more than 50 000 New York City Board of Education employees . Along with reaction size and history of a positive reaction, we determined age, race or ethnic group, sex, and socioeconomic status using a specific index for demographic characteristics (ZIP code of residence) as a surrogate for socioeconomic status. (Rezide ZQ rating, Claritas, Inc., Washington, DC) .
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