The treatment journey of a patient with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa: is it patient-centred? [Notes from the field]
Abstract:To improve the treatment of patients co-infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and the human immunodeficiency virus, we measured the relationship between treatment outcomes and hospital performance at four decentralised MDR-TB sites in South Africa. We describe hospital performance from the patient's perspective by the use of a graphic that visually represents a patient's treatment journey. The graphic was used to report study findings to study sites and as a catalyst for a quality improvement process.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Discipline of Public Health Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa 2: Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, South Africa 3: Discipline of Public Health Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa 4: Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center & Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA 5: KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, Durban, South Africa
Publication date: 2013-10-01
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