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Table 2 Kind and characteristics of institutions attending asylum seekers

From: Tuberculosis screening and follow-up of asylum seekers in Norway: a cohort study

Institutions (total number) Functions Health care level Staff Source of information for the study
National Reception Centre (1) 1 Short term.
All asylum seekers (AS) on arrival to Norway. Screening by chest x-ray and Mantoux.
Primary health care (PHC) paid for by national
government.
PHC officer or nurse Information from the computer system of the National Reception Centre.
TB Treatment Transit Centre (1) 1 Short or long term. Treatment of patients with active TB, or potential patients waiting for consultation or examination results. Family members are included. PHC paid for by national
government
PHC officer or nurse Filled in PHC registration forms2
Central TB Clinic (1) 1 Out patient.
AS referred directly from the National Reception Centre or from other levels. Focus is active TB.
Hospital based specialist health care. Specialists in pulmonary medicine Filled in specialist registration form3
Transit centre (4) 1 Short term stay. AS who wait for an interview by police or for being deported. PHC paid for by national
government
PHC officer or nurse Filled in PHC registration forms2
Asylum seeker centre (ca 100, January 2005) Longer stay. Staying there till they get a permanent residency or are deported. Municipal authorities directly responsible for health care. PHC officer or nurse Filled in PHC
registration forms2 or 4
Specialist health care Out patient.
Examine and treat AS after referral from primary health care
Hospital based specialist care. Hospital specialists, pulmonary or internal medicine Filled in specialist
registration form3
  1. 1: Number of centres, 2: PHC forms sent to the first municipality after the National Reception Centre, 3: Specialist forms, 4: PHC forms sent to the second municipality after the National Reception Centre