4 years ago

Conducting Patient-Pathway Analysis to Inform Programming of Tuberculosis Services: Methods.

Christy L Hanson, Mike Osberg, Daniel P Chin, George Durham, Jessie Brown
Patient-centered care is a central pillar of the World Health Organization's End TB Strategy. Understanding where patients access health services is a first step to planning for the placement of services to meet patient needs and preferences. The patient-pathway analysis (PPA) methodology detailed in this article was developed to better understand the alignment between patient care seeking and tuberculosis service availability. A PPA describes the steps that people with tuberculosis take from the initial care visit to cure. The results of a PPA reveal programmatic gaps in care seeking, diagnosis, treatment initiation, and continuity of care. They can be used as inputs to an evidence-based process of identifying and developing interventions to address the gaps in patient care. This paper summarizes the steps to conduct a PPA and serves as the basis for understanding country case studies that profile the use of PPA.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jix387

DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jix387

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