Series GR-3475 - Tuberculosis patient case files

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Tuberculosis patient case files

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  • 1921-2006 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Division of Tuberculosis Control

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226.92 m of textual records and x-rays

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The Division of Tuberculosis Control was established in 1935 under the Department of the Provincial Secretary and within the framework of the Provincial Board of Health to coordinate all the resources available to combat tuberculosis in B.C. The administration of all provincially-run tuberculosis treatment facilities, Tranquille Sanatorium, facilities in the Vancouver General Hospital, St. Joseph's Oriental Hospital, and the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria was transferred to the new Division. In the 1940s, the Division began operating Mobile Chest Clinics that performed x-rays and tuberculin testing in communities province-wide, and also set up a compulsory six-week training course for nursing students. By the 1960s, the Division's main outpatient facility at Vancouver's Willow Chest Clinic examined 45,000 patients a year.

During the 1990s, the Division served as the province's referral centre for the prevention, control and treatment of tuberculosis. Outpatient services were provided through central clinics in Vancouver, New Westminster, and Victoria. The Division also operated Field Operations branches to serve clients elsewhere in BC. It was responsible for an outreach program to provide individualized treatment in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

By 1997, responsibility for the Division of Tuberculosis Control had been transferred from the Ministry of Health to the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Provincial Health Services Authority.

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The series consists of patient files for tuberculosis patients treated at clinics across the province. Typical patient files include medical notes, and some files include correspondence and small x-rays. The series documents the admission, diagnosis, treatment and discharge of patients suffering from tuberculosis and related chest ailments.

The records contain admission and discharge dates, diagnosis, laboratory reports, chest consultation forms with patient medical history, hospitalization summaries, applications for medical examination, progress notes, x-ray reports, clinical notes, consent forms, doctors’ orders, anti-microbial therapy records, correspondence, and, in some cases, autopsy reports with photographs.

Records in accession 95-9233 include files that were used in drug studies. These patient records are generally identified by a participant number which is linked to a master name-and-number index.

The series is arranged numerically by patient number. The records are covered by Communicable Disease Control Services ORCS 23400-20. Not all records dating from this time frame are in BC Archives' custody, as some are still with the creating agency.

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Accession 87-0285 was transferred from the creating agency in the 1990s. Accruals 93-1176, 95-5281, 95-9233 and 96-7841 were transferred by the Ministry of Health in May 2016. Further accruals to 95-9233 were transferred in May 2017.
Accessions 95-1127, 95-4275, 95-5282 and 97-0020, and accruals to accession 95-5281, were transferred from the Ministry of Health in May 2017.


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These records are restricted. Please contact the BC Archives for more information and to apply for access.

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A nominal index for the series is available at the BC Archives. Please contact Archives staff for assistance.

Original accession file lists arranged by patient number are available in each accession folder at the BC Archives.

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Accession number(s) : 87-0285, 93-1176, 95-1127, 95-4725, 95-5281, 95-5282, 95-9233, 96-7841, 97-0020

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