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Cost analysis of nucleic acid amplification for diagnosing pulmonary tuberculosis, within the context of the Brazilian Unified Health Care System

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Title
Cost analysis of nucleic acid amplification for diagnosing pulmonary tuberculosis, within the context of the Brazilian Unified Health Care System
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Jornal brasileiro de pneumologia : publicaça̋o oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia, December 2015
DOI 10.1590/s1806-37562015000004524
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Pinto, Márcia, Trajman, Anete, Steffen, Ricardo, Entringer, Aline Piovezan

Abstract

We estimated the costs of a molecular test for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and resistance to rifampin (Xpert MTB/RIF) and of smear microscopy, within the Brazilian Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS, Unified Health Care System). In SUS laboratories in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, we performed activity-based costing and micro-costing. The mean unit costs for Xpert MTB/RIF and smear microscopy were R$35.57 and R$14.16, respectively. The major cost drivers for Xpert MTB/RIF and smear microscopy were consumables/reagents and staff, respectively. These results might facilitate future cost-effectiveness studies and inform the decision-making process regarding the expansion of Xpert MTB/RIF use in Brazil.

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Unknown 26 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Doctoral Student 3 12%
Student > Bachelor 3 12%
Student > Master 3 12%
Professor 2 8%
Student > Postgraduate 1 4%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 14 54%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 5 19%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 4%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 4%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 4%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 16 62%