Figure 2.

This figure presents different definitions of delays used in studies on patient delay and diagnostic delay in mainland China. A: Patient delay refers to the time from the onset of TB symptoms to first visit to health facility is greater than 2 weeks. Diagnostic delay refers to the time from the first visit to health facility to TB diagnosis is greater than 2 weeks. B: Patient delay refers to the time from the onset of TB symptoms to first visit to health facility is greater than 21days. Diagnostic delay refers to the time from the first visit to health facility to TB diagnosis is greater than 2 weeks. C: Patient delay refers to defined as the duration from the onset of symptoms to the first visit to a doctor in a hospital. Doctor’s delay was defined as the duration from the first hospital visit to a confirmed TB diagnosis in the designated DTC or designated TB Care Unit. D: Patient delay was defined as the time (in days) from the onset of symptoms to first seeking care at a health facility. Health system delay as the time (in days) from first seeking care at a health facility (including village clinics) to diagnosis. E: Delayed initial health-seeking was defined as duration in excess of the median duration (10 days) (including hospital, TB dispensary, clinic, health center, etc.). F: Patient delay is defined as the time from the onset of TB symptoms to the first contact with a doctor in a county (or higher) TB center/ hospital.

Li et al. BMC Medicine 2013 11:156   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-11-156
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