Does the integration of TB medical services in the general hospital improve the quality of TB care? Evidence from a case study in China
Background Moving the clinical services from tuberculosis (TB) dispensary to the integrated county hospital (called integrated approach) has been practiced in China; however, it is unknown the quality of TB care in the integrated approach and in the dispensary approach.
Methods A total of 202 new TB patients were investigated using structured questionnaires in three counties implementing the integrated approach and one county implementing the dispensary approach. The quality of TB care is measured based on success rate of treatment, medical expenditure, health system delay and second-line drug use.
Results The integrated approach showed a high success treatment rate. The medical expenditure in the integrated approach was USD 432, significantly lower than that in the dispensary approach (Z = −5.771, P
Conclusions The integrated approach showed better quality of TB care, but the performance of the integrated hospitals varied greatly. A method to standardize TB treatment and management of this approach is urgent.
Qiang Sun; Jia Yin; Xiao Yin; Zou GuanYang; Liang MingLi; Zhong JieMing; Walley, J.; Wei XiaoLin. Does the integration of TB medical services in the general hospital improve the quality of TB care? Evidence from a case study in China. Journal of Public Health (2012) 35 (2) 322-328. [DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fds089]