The impact of quality improvement projects on TB treatment outcomes in Piggs Peak Hospital, Swaziland

TB is the most common opportunistic infection for people living with HIV in Swaziland. A problem of unfavorable treatment outcomes identified in Piggs Peak Hospital was addressed through training and implementation of quality improvement projects with support from the USAID ASSIST Project. The TB Unit in Piggs Peak introduced changes to several care process which contributed to ART uptake increasing to 85%, reduction of patients lost to follow-up, and reduction of cases not bacteriologically confirmed to 3%. TB patient treatment success rates increased from 80% in 2011 to 86% in 2013, suggesting that the improvement projects had positive results on patient outcomes.

Report Author(s): 
S. Shandu, J. Malindzisa, M. Masikati, L. Mdluli, and N. Mdluli Kuhlase
USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project/URC
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