Respiratory Department

Tuberculosis treatment complications and contributors to poor outcomes

Supervisor

Mitzi Nisbet
Chris Lewis

Discipline

Psychological Medicine

Project code: MHS179

Tuberculosis disease (TB) is a notifiable condition in New Zealand and the TB notification rate has been stable over recent years with a large proportion of cases who are diagnosed residing in the greater Auckland region. Adverse drug reactions are relatively common when treating TB patients but we have no local data on our complication rates and outcomes. This study aims to review the clinical characteristics, management and treatment outcomes for patients with TB managed at Auckland Hospital.

The student will need to liaise with statisticians and have basic Excel skills. Important skills – academic writing, data extraction and analysis. Skills taught: clinical TB knowledge, opportunities to attend TB clinic will be provided, compiling data from various sources including local databases and patient electronic records. The goal of this studentship is to prepare and finalise an article for a high quality peer reviewed international journal.

Non tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) pulmonary infections - management and outcomes

Supervisor

Chris Lewis
Mitzi Nisbet

Discipline

Psychological Medicine

Project code: MHS180

Non tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections are increasingly recognised and prolonged and complex treatment is used in selected patients. There is a paucity of data on patient outcomes. This study aims to assess the clinical characteristics, management and treatment outcomes for patients with NTM pulmonary infections at Auckland City Hospital.

The student will need to liaise with a statistician and have basic Excel skills. Important skills – academic writing, data extraction and analysis. Skills taught: clinical NTM knowledge, opportunities to attend TB/NTM clinic will be provided, compiling data from patient electronic records to complete a clinical database. The goal of this studentship is to prepare and finalise an article for a high quality peer reviewed international journal.