Patient diagnostic rate as indicator of tuberculosis case detection, South Africa
CITATION: Claassens, M. M., et al. 2016. Patient diagnostic rate as indicator of tuberculosis case detection, South Africa. Emerging Infectious Disease, 22(3):535-537, doi:10.3201/eid2203.151618.
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To address the uncertainty of the indirectly measured tuberculosis case detection rate, we used survey data stratified by HIV status to calculate the patient diagnostic rate, a directly measurable indicator, in 8 communities in South Africa. Rates were lower among HIV-negative than HIV-positive persons. Tuberculosis programs should focus on HIV-negative persons.
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