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Is Scale-Up Worth It? Challenges in Economic Analysis of Diagnostic Tests for Tuberculosis

  • David W. Dowdy mail,

    ddowdy@jhsph.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, United States of America

    Current address: Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Adithya Cattamanchi,

    Affiliation: Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Karen R. Steingart,

    Affiliation: Curry International Tuberculosis Center, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Madhukar Pai

    Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

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  • Published: July 26, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001063

About the Authors

David W. Dowdy
Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Adithya Cattamanchi
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Karen R. Steingart
Curry International Tuberculosis Center, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Madhukar Pai
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Corresponding Author

Email: ddowdy@jhsph.edu

Competing Interests

MP is co-chair of the Stop TB Partnership's New Diagnostics Working Group and a consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which had no involvement in this manuscript. MP also serves as an editorial board member on PLoS Medicine. KRS serves as Coordinator for the Evidence Synthesis and Policy Subgroup of the Stop TB Partnership's New Diagnostics Working Group. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Wrote the first draft: DWD. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: DWD AC KRS MP. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: DWD AC KRS MP. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: DWD AC KRS MP.