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Table 2 Percentage of culture and rapid molecular tests among smear-negative tuberculosis patients in 2015 and 2018

From: Access to quality diagnosis and rational treatment for tuberculosis: real-world evidence from China–Gates Tuberculosis Control Project Phase III

  2015 2018
No. of SS–patients Receiving additional test No. of SS–patients Receiving additional test
Culture (%) RMT (%) RMT & Culture (%) Total (%) Culture (%) RMT (%) RMT and culture (%) Total (%)
Zhejiang 536 158 (29.5) 0 0 158 (29.5) 472 265 (56.1) 42 (8.9) 84 (17.8) 391 (82.8)
Jilin 948 306 (32.3) 0 0 306 (32.3) 867 303 (34.9) 90 (10.4) 359 (41.4) 752 (86.7)
Ningxia 429 199 (46.4) 0 0 199 (46.4) 289 35 (12.1) 129 (44.6) 116 (40.1) 280 (96.9)
Total 1913 663 (34.7) 0 0 663 (34.7) 1628 603 (37.0) 261 (16.0) 559 (34.3) 1623 (87.4)
  1. Source: TB Information Management System. SS– sputum smear negative, RMT rapid molecular test