To report care pathways of tuberculosis (TB) patients under the integrated model, where TB clinical service is provided by a general hospital instead of the TB dispensary, with the aim of providing policy recommendations for TB care reforms in China.
Results: Of the 301 participants, 82 visited only the TB designated hospital. A patient visited a median of two health providers in total. The median external provider delay and internal provider delay were 1 and 0 day, respectively. The median out-of-pocket medical costs were US$379 in total; US$293 in the TB units and US$0 in other health units in the TB designated hospital. Logistic regression analyses suggested that patients who visited the primary care facilities first tended to have longer external delays (OR = 5.71) than patients who visited the other hospitals (OR = 10.16).
The authors concluded that the integrated model is promising as it reported relatively fewer patient pathways and shorter delays than the dispensary model. However, the integrated model did not reduce patient out-of-pocket costs.
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s COMDIS–HSD Programme which is led by the University of Leeds
Wei XiaoLin; Jia Yin; Zou GuanYang; Walley, J.; Zhong JieMign; Chen SongHua; Qiang Sun; Wang XiaoMing. Patient care pathways under the model of integrating tuberculosis service with general hospitals in China. Tropical Medicine and International Health (2013) 18 (11) 1392-1399. [DOI: 10.1111/tmi.12197]
Patient care pathways under the model of integrating tuberculosis service with general hospitals in China
Published 1 November 2013