Reducing the Global Burden of Tuberculosis

The Contribution of Improved Diagnostics

Published in: Nature, v. 444, Suppl. 1, 23 Nov. 2006, p. 49-57

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006

by Emmett B. Keeler, Mark D. Perkins, Peter Small, Christy Hanson, Steven Reed, Jane Cunningham, Julia E. Aledort, Lee H. Hilborne, Maria E. Rafael, Federico Girosi, et al.

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The authors estimated the impact of hypothetical new diagnostic tests for tuberculosis (TB) in patients with persistent cough in developing countries. They found that a variety of new tests could help better identify TB cases and target treatment, thereby reducing the burden of disease.

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