Why are tuberculosis patients not treated earlier? A study of informal health practitioners in Bangladesh.

@article{Rifat2011WhyAT,
  title={Why are tuberculosis patients not treated earlier? A study of informal health practitioners in Bangladesh.},
  author={M. M. Safayet Hasan Rifat and I. D. Rusen and Md. Ariful Islam and Donald A. Enarson and Faruque Ahmed and Sayed Mehmood Ahmed and Fazlul Karim},
  journal={The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease},
  year={2011},
  volume={15 5},
  pages={647-51}
}
SETTING Five districts and four cities of Bangladesh. OBJECTIVE To study the role of informal health practitioners in delays in initiating tuberculosis (TB) treatment in new smear-positive TB patients. DESIGN A cross-sectional study of all patients registered within specific projects in Bangladesh using routine records from projects. Definitions were as follows: 1) total delay: duration from onset of symptoms to initiation of treatment; 2) patient delay: onset of symptoms to first visit to… CONTINUE READING
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