Implementing tuberculosis patient cost surveys in resource-constrained settings: lessons from Tanzania

Andrew Martin Kilale, Charles Makasi, Melkisedeck Majaha, Chacha Dionis Manga, Sylvia Haule, Pudensiana Hilary, Omari Kimbute, Stephen Kitua, Bhavin Jani, Nyagosya Range, Bernard Ngowi, Emmanuel Nkiligi, Emmanuel Matechi, Wilbard Muhandiki, Vishnu Mahamba, Beatrice Mutayoba & Julia Ershova
Abstract Tuberculosis (TB) disproportionally affects persons and families who are economically and socially disadvantaged. Therefore, a patient cost survey was conducted in Tanzania to evaluate the costs incurred by patients and their households before and after the diagnosis of TB. It was the first survey in Tanzania to ascertain baseline information and experience for subsequent surveys. This paper aims to share the experience encountered during the survey to ensure a standardized approach and elimination of...
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