Department For International Development
India contributes approximately 25% of the missing cases of tuberculosis (TB) globally. Even though ~50% of patients with TB are diagnosed and treated within Indias private sector, few are notified to the public healthcare system. Indias TB notification policy mandates that all patients with TB are notified through Nikshay (TB notification portal). The authors undertook this study in a private hospital to assess the proportion notified and factors affecting TB notifications. They explored barriers and probable solutions to TB notification qualitatively from health providers perspective.
This research was supported by the UK Department for International Developments Operational Research Capacity Building Programme led by the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)
Siddaiah A, Ahmed MN, Kumar AM V, DSouza G, Wilkinson E, Maung TM, Rodrigues R. Tuberculosis notification in a private tertiary care teaching hospital in South India: a mixed-methods study. BMJ open. 2019;9(2):e023910.