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Nov. 26, 2021 Africa

Linkage to TB care: A qualitative study to understand linkage from the patients’ perspective in the Western Cape Province, South Africa

Delayed linkage to tuberculosis (TB) treatment leads to poor patient outcomes and increased onward transmission. Between 12% and 25% of people diagnosed with TB are never linked to a primary health care facility for continued care. The health care system, especially in hospitals, should focus on strengthening patient-centred care. Communication and clear messaging on TB processes is key, to prepare patients in transitioning from a hospital setting to PHC facilities for continuation of care. 


Plos ONE