Objective To understand TB patients’ diagnosis,treatment and economic burden in three approaches of hospital-TB linkage.Methods Fifty general TB patients were surveyed in two sites of each approach of to understand their hospitalization,delay,medical cost.Inpatient charts of all selected TB patients were also collected.Results Patients from the sites of the designated approach reported the shortest delay,the lowest hospitalization rate and medical cost,while those from sites of the specialist approach reported the worst results.The medical cost was significantly associated with the hospital-TB linkage approach,treatment delay and hospitalization.Conclusion TB incurred a high financial cost for patients under the specialist approach and CDC approach.There is urgent need to enhance the supervision by government and the collaboration between the TB dispensary and hospital,and skill up the designated approach.
Yin, J.; Wei, X.; Zou, G.Y.; et al. Analysis on TB patients&#8217; diagnosis and treatment in different approaches of hospital-TB linkage. Chinese Journal of Public Health Management (2012) (4)