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|Title: ||STAR Modeling of Pulmonary Tuberculosis Delay-Time in Diagnosis|
|Authors: ||de Sousa, Bruno|
Filipe, Patrícia A.
|Editors: ||Alleva, G.|
|Keywords: ||STAR Model|
|Issue Date: ||2016|
|Abstract: ||Understanding what characterizes patients who suffer great delays in diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis is of great importance when establishing screening strategies to better control TB. Greater delays in diagnosis imply a higher chance for susceptible individuals to become infected by a bacilliferous patient. A Structured Additive Regression model is attempted in this study in order to potentially contribute to a better characterization of bacilliferous prevalence in Portugal. The main findings suggest the existence of significant regional differences
in Portugal, with the fact of being female and/or alcohol dependent contributing to an increased delay-time in diagnosis, while being dependent on intravenous drugs and/or being diagnosed with HIV are factors that increase the chance of an earlier diagnosis of pulmonary TB. A decrease in 2010 to 77% on treatment success in Portugal underlines the importance of conducting more research aimed at better TB control strategies.|
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