Effect of Delay in Tuberculosis Diagnosis on Pre-Diagnosis Cost

by Adel Hamood Noman Aldhubhani, Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim, Pazilah Ibrahim et al.
Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine.2017, 3(1):22-26

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http://www.jppcm.org/sites/default/files/10.5530jppcm.2017.1.5.pdf

This study aimed to evaluate the pre-diagnosis costs for delayed TB patients (prior to the actual TB diagnosis) in a tuberculosis referral center in Sana’a, Yemen. The authors conclude that the delayed group incurred extra costs prior to the actual TB diagnosis compared with the non-delayed group. Promoting information and awareness on TB and health care systems in both public and private sectors should be done for both groups to detect TB at an earlier stage and to reduce extra costs incurred during the pre-diagnosis period.

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