Authors conducted a cross-sectional, operational research study that merged and linked all patients registered by the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) and the National Reference Laboratory in 2013. The proportions with culture (for new smear negative pulmonary cases) and culture combined with drug sensitivity testing (DST) were estimated and analyzed by department.
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)
Samayoa-Peláez M, Ayala N, Yadon ZE, Heldal E. Implementation of the national tuberculosis guidelines on culture and drug sensitivity testing in Guatemala, 2013. Rev Panam Salud Publica.2016;39(1):44–50.
Implementation of the national tuberculosis guidelines on culture and drug sensitivity testing in Guatemala, 2013