oa Central African Journal of Medicine - A follow-up and case tracing exercise

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The results of a follow-up exercise performed each December for three consecutive years (1980 - 1982 are shown. An attempt was made to obtain news of 204 patients who had a haematological malignancy and. who had failed to return to the follow-up clinic. This was successful in 113 cases (55,4%). The number of positive results increased each year as more accurate addresses were obtained and the contact attempts were made sooner. Tracing attempts by personal visits to urban areas were much more successful than by letter. Of the 113 cases where patients or relatives were traced, more than two-thirds of the patients had died, and most of the surviving patients were persuaded to return for further medical attention although some subsequently defaulted a second time

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