Quality standard

Quality statements

Quality statements

Statement 1 People aged 16 to 35 years who have arrived in the country within the past 5 years, from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis (TB), are tested for latent TB infection when they register with a GP.

Statement 2 Adults aged under 65 years who are diagnosed with HIV, are tested for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection.

Statement 3 People who are referred to a tuberculosis (TB) service, who meet specific criteria, have rapid diagnostic nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs).

Statement 4 People who have imaging features suggestive of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) are assessed by the next working day.

Statement 5 People with active tuberculosis (TB) from under-served groups are offered directly observed therapy.

Statement 6 People with active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) who are homeless are offered accommodation for the duration of their treatment.

NICE has developed guidance and a quality standard on patient experience in adult NHS services (see the NICE pathway on patient experience in adult NHS services), which should be considered alongside these quality statements.

Other quality standards that should be considered when commissioning or providing tuberculosis services include:

A full list of NICE quality standards is available from the quality standards topic library.