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Barriers and delays in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment services: does gender matter
Tuberculosis Research and Treatment
Background: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global public health problem with known gender-related disparities. We reviewed the quantitative evidence for gender-related differences in accessing TB services from symptom onset to treatment initiation.
Methods: Following a systematic review process, we: searched 12 electronic databases; included quantitative studies assessing gender differences in accessing TB diagnostic and treatment services; abstracted data; and assessed study validity. We defined barriers and delays at the individual and provider/system levels using a conceptual framework of the TB care continuum and examined gender-related differences.
Yang W-T, Gounder CR, AkandeT, De Neve J-W, McIntire K, Chandrasekhar A, de Lima Pereira A, Gummadi N, Samanta S, Gupta A. Barriers and delays in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment services: does gender matter. Tuberc Res Treat. 2014; doi:10.1155/2014/461935. PMID: 24876956