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Using Data On Where Patients Receive Care Can Help Find Missing Cases Of TB

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Can bringing TB services to patients find cases?
Reporting from the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Mexico, Christine Lubinski, executive director of the Center for Global Health Policy and vice president for global health at the Infectious Diseases Society of America, discusses highlights from the WHO TB symposium and remarks from Christy Hanson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on using data to help find missing cases of TB. Lubinski writes, “Hanson noted they found a mismatch between where the patients are and where the diagnostics can be found … Patient-centered care relies on understanding where patients prefer to get their care, and bringing services to those places, Hanson concluded” (10/11).