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Assessment of the patient, health system, and population effects of Xpert MTB/RIF and alternative diagnostics for tuberculosis in Tanzania: an integrated modelling approach

Langley, Ivor ORCID:, Lin, Hsien-Ho, Egwaga, Saidi, Doulla, Basra, Ku, Chu-Chang, Cohen, Ted and Squire, Bertie ORCID: (2014) 'Assessment of the patient, health system, and population effects of Xpert MTB/RIF and alternative diagnostics for tuberculosis in Tanzania: an integrated modelling approach'. Lancet Global Health, Vol 2, Issue 10, e581-e591.

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Background Several promising new diagnostic methods and algorithms for tuberculosis have been endorsed by WHO. National tuberculosis programmes now face the decision on which methods to implement and where to place them in the diagnostic algorithm.

We used an integrated model to assess the effects of different algorithms of Xpert MTB/RIF and lightemitting
diode (LED)fluorescence microscopy in Tanzania. To understand the eff ects of new diagnostics from the
patient, health system, and population perspective, the model incorporated and linked a detailed operational
component and a transmission component. The model was designed to represent the operational and epidemiological context of Tanzania and was used to compare the effects and cost-eff ectiveness of different diagnostic options.

Among the diagnostic options considered, we identified three strategies as cost effective in Tanzania. Full scale-up of Xpert would have the greatest population-level effect with the highest incremental cost: 346 000 disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) averted with an additional cost of US$36·9 million over 10 years. The incremental cost-eff ectiveness ratio (ICER) of Xpert scale-up ($169 per DALY averted, 95% credible interval [CrI]104–265) is below the willingness-to-pay threshold ($599) for Tanzania. Same-day LED fl uorescence microscopy is the next most effective strategy with an ICER of $45 (95% CrI 25–74), followed by LED fl uorescence microscopy with an ICER of $29 (6–59). Compared with same-day LED fl uorescence microscopy and Xpert full rollout, targeted use of Xpert in presumptive tuberculosis cases with HIV infection, either as an initial diagnostic test or as a followon test to microscopy, would produce DALY gains at a higher incremental cost and therefore is dominated in the context of Tanzania.

For Tanzania, this integrated modelling approach predicts that full rollout of Xpert is a cost-eff ective option for tuberculosis diagnosis and has the potential to substantially reduce the national tuberculosis burden. It also estimates the substantial level of funding that will need to be mobilised to translate this into clinical practice. This approach could be adapted and replicated in other developing countries to inform rational health policy formulation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > Health Services. Patients and Patient Advocacy > W 84 Health services. Delivery of health care
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 200 Tuberculosis (General)
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 220 Diagnosis. Prognosis
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Helen Rigby
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2014 08:36
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 11:22


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