Controlling Tuberculosis Among High Risk Populations in Los Angeles

Three Essays

by Jessica Yeats

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Tuberculosis disease (TD) is caused by the activation of latent TB infection (LTBI). LTBI is noninfectious and asymptomatic but can be treated to reduce the probability of progression to disease. With over 15 million persons in the United States infected with LTBI, prioritizing high risk groups for LTBI testing and treatment is essential to feasibly and cost effectively controlling the spread of TB. This dissertation comprises three essays that will help policymakers decide who, how and why to test and treat for LTBI.

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in June 2015 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Emmett Keeler (Chair), Shanthi Nataraj, and Ricardo Basurto-Davila.

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