In 2013, the tuberculosis (TB) mortality rate was highest in southern Zimbabwe at 16%. The authors therefore sought to determine factors associated with mortality among registered TB patients in this region.
This was a retrospective record review of registered patients receiving anti-TB treatment in 2013
There was high mortality especially in the first two months of anti-TB treatment, with risk factors being recurrent TB and being HIV-infected, despite a high uptake of ART.
This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development’s Operational Research Capacity Building Programme led by the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)
Takarinda KC, Sandy C, Masuka N, Hazangwe P, Choto RC, Mutasa-apollo T, Nkomo B, Sibanda E, Mugurungi O, Harries AD, Siziba N. Factors Associated with Mortality among Patients on TB Treatment in the Southern Region of Zimbabwe , 2013. Tuberculosis Research and Treatment. 2017; 2017:1–11.
Factors Associated with Mortality among Patients on TB Treatment in the Southern Region of Zimbabwe , 2013