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In Reply. —We concur with Dr Bluhm and colleagues that methods to facilitate documentation of test results, including tuberculin skin testing, are important for efficient patient care. Since we collected data only on patients with culture-proven pulmonary tuberculosis, the tuberculin skin test utilization rate and rate of test documentation as quoted by Bluhm and colleagues does not represent our overall hospital rates for patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis. Further studies are necessary to evaluate tuberculin skin test utilization and documentation rates to more clearly define patients in whom this test is indicated.
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