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The indirect cost due to pulmonary Tuberculosis in patients receiving treatment in Bauchi State– Nigeria

| May 12, 2012 More

ObjectiveTo determine the time spent and income lost by patients and their households for seekingtuberculosis diagnosis and treatment in Bauchi State-Nigeria.MethodA cross sectional study where 242 TB patients were sampled from 27 out of 67 facilitiesproviding TB services in a north-eastern state of Nigeria. Sampling was stratified based onfacility type, patients’HIV status and gender.

Results:
The income lost among the hospitalized group was estimated at $156/patient and about $114in the non-hospitalized patients group.

Age, gender, facility of diagnosis, level of educationand occupation were significant (p-values

Hospitalised patients spent an average time of 924.98hours for diagnosis and treatment whereas the non-hospitalised spent an average of 141.29hours. The estimated US dollar valued of these hours was US517.98 and US$79.13 forhospitalised and non-hospitalised patient groups respectively.

Hospitalisation and the facilityof diagnosis were statistically significant (p-value

Conclusion:
Tuberculosis poses causes tremendous burden in terms of time and productivity lost to bothpatients and their households in Bauchi State Nigeria

Author: Nisser A UmarRichard FordhamIbrahim AbubakarMax Bachmann
Credits/Source: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 2012, 10:6

Published on: 2012-05-11

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