JOURNAL ARTICLE
MULTICENTER STUDY

Delay in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment in four provinces of Argentina

E Zerbini, M C Chirico, B Salvadores, B Amigot, S Estrada, G Algorry
International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 2008, 12 (1): 63-8
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SETTING: Public health care services in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Jujuy and Santa Cruz, Argentina.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate delays in tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis and treatment and associated risk factors in departments and administrative areas of four Argentine provinces.

DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey including retrospective medical record review and patient interviews.

RESULTS: A total of 243 patients with smear-positive pulmonary TB and a mean age of 40 years were included in the study. The mean diagnostic delays were as follows: total delay 92.1 days (median 62.0); patient delay 58.8 days (median 31); health service delay 32.6 days (median 12.5). The mean treatment delay was 0.9 days (median 0). Associations were observed between patient delays of >30 days and residence in Jujuy, age >50 years, dependence on transport to the nearest public health service due to distance and presence of cough. The >60-day total diagnosis delay was associated with age >50 years and need for transport to the nearest public health service.

CONCLUSION: Diagnostic delay is an important problem in the areas studied, with patient delay being of most concern. Patient delay was associated with age >50 years, dependence on transport to the nearest public health service due to distance and presence of cough.

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