Tuberculosis (TB) strain typing service: evaluation

Summary of the recommendations for the tuberculosis strain typing service (TB-STS).


Evaluation of the TB strain typing service

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An independent evaluation was conducted alongside the implementation of the service between January 2010 and March 2013. Descriptive, qualitative and quantitative methods were used to explore the structures, processes, outputs and outcomes of the TB-STS.

Major recommendations were to:

  • continue the timely universal typing of all culture-confirmed TB cases
  • make epidemiological analysis of the data the high priority
  • reconsider cluster investigations, specifically, investigate local clusters in response to local demand, and limit investigation of national clusters to those of public health importance
Published 30 March 2013