SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.20 issue1Molecular identification of clinical isolates of Fusarium in ColombiaTraining tuberculosis laboratory workers in LED-fluorescence microscopy: experience learned in Argentina author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Revista de Salud Pública

Print version ISSN 0124-0064


DE FREITAS QUINTERO, Maria Celeste et al. Access to diagnosis of tuberculosis in Brazilian medium-sized municipality. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.1, pp.103-109. ISSN 0124-0064.


Evaluating access to tuberculosis diagnosis, from the perspective of patients.


Cross-sectional study with 108 tuberculosis patients. Data were collected using the brazilian instrument Primary Care Assessment Tool - PCAT-Brazil, adapted for attention to tuberculosis, including socio-economic and demographic indicators, location of diagnosis and diagnostic access tuberculosis. The analysis of the data was of frequency, average, standard deviation, confidence interval and Chi-square test.


Most cases were diagnosed in hospitals (52.8%). The patient sought the Health Unit on average three times until receiving medical care. The indicators of difficulty of displacement, expenditure on motorized transport and consultation within 24 hours to discover the disease were not satisfactory and regular. The chi-square test showed a statistical association between diagnosis location and seeking the nearest health unit from home.


There are weaknesses in the early diagnosis of tuberculosis in primary care. There are many challenges to be faced to strengthen this level of health care, with organizational capacity to overcome the shortcomings related to the patient and the service that make it difficult to access the diagnosis of the disease.

Keywords : Primary health care; health services accessibility; diagnosis; tuberculosis (source: MeSH, NLM).

        · abstract in Portuguese | Spanish     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )