Tuberculosis (TB)

Definitions and reporting framework for tuberculosis

2013 revision, updated December 2014

World Health Organization

Definitions and reporting framework for tuberculosis - 2013 revision

Publication details

Number of pages: 40
Publication date: 2013
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 150534 5
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Standardization of definitions and reporting structures has permitted uniformity in the reporting of indicators of performance of national TB control programmes for many years. This document revises previous WHO standard case definitions for TB and drug-resistant TB, the categories used to assign outcomes, and the standard reporting framework for TB.

WHO-approved rapid molecular diagnostics have been widely introduced since the previous definitions and reporting framework were published, and the treatment of drug-resistant TB has been scaled up, necessitating adjustments in the way cases and outcomes are now defined and reported.

Update, December 2014

The reporting of TB/HIV (Block 4 of the “Quarterly report on TB case registration in the basic management unit” and Blocks 1 and 2 of the “Quarterly report on TB treatment outcomes in the basic management unit”) was changed to focus on new and relapse TB cases only. This was to ensure consistency with the 2015 update of the guide to monitoring and evaluation for collaborative TB/HIV activities, published in February 2015.