Patterns of delays in diagnosis amongst patients with smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis at a teaching hospital in Turkey.

@article{Okur2006PatternsOD,
  title={Patterns of delays in diagnosis amongst patients with smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis at a teaching hospital in Turkey.},
  author={Erdal Okur and Ahmet Ilyas Yilmaz and Attila Saygi and A. Peratchi Selvi and F S{\"u}ng{\"u}n and Elif İnci Ozt{\"u}rk and Gul Dabak},
  journal={Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases},
  year={2006},
  volume={12 1},
  pages={
          90-2
        }
}
In total, 151 newly diagnosed patients with smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis were studied. The mean time from the onset of symptoms to the first visit to a physician was 46.4 days; the mean referral delay was 28.9 days; the mean delay in diagnosis was 2.4 days; and the mean delay in treatment initiation was 0.8 days. There was a delay in consulting a physician by 49% of patients. A low index of suspicion for tuberculosis on the part of the physician and healthcare system and laboratory… CONTINUE READING
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