Ideally there should be close collaboration between private practitioners and the NTP.This can result in improved management of TB patients according to NTP guidelines. Private practitioners serve the community and can guarantee their TB patients good care by following NTP guidelines. Private practitioners can register TB patients with the NTP and share continued management. Private practitioners do not have to give up their patients entirely to the NTP. Some TB/HIV patients prefer to go to a private practitioner for reasons of confidentiality. In a country where the NTP is very good, many patients will prefer the NTP to a private practitioner. More countries are now introducing schemes for training and accreditation of private practitioners as TB and HIV/AIDS care providers.
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