Patient and health system delays in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in Southern Taiwan

Chen Yuan Chiang, C. T. Chang, R. E. Chang, C. T. Li, R. M. Huang

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Abstract

SETTING: Tainan city, Tainan county and 13 townships of Kaohsiung county, Southern Taiwan. OBJECTIVE: To measure delays in the diagnosis and treatment of sputum-positive tuberculosis (TB) and to determine factors associated with delays in seeking health care (patient delay) and in starting anti-tuberculosis treatment (health system delay). DESIGN: A population-based patient interview study. RESULTS: Median patient delay was 7 days (range 0-730). Median health system delay was 23 days (range 0-489), 13 for smear-positive patients and 37 for smear-negative patients (P <0.005). Median total delay was 44 days (range 0-730). Age

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1006-1012
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume9
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Health system delay
  • Patient delay
  • Total delay
  • Tuberculosis

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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Patient and health system delays in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in Southern Taiwan. / Chiang, Chen Yuan; Chang, C. T.; Chang, R. E.; Li, C. T.; Huang, R. M.

In: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Vol. 9, No. 9, 09.2005, p. 1006-1012.

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