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Table 3 Description of included studies

From: Patient medical costs for tuberculosis treatment and impact on adherence in China: a systematic review

Author year Data collected TB patient (n) Province Sample unit Income category, status of free treatment Methods Outcomes Data collection Questions a
          1 2 3
Liu 20108 2007 163 Chongqing Sichuan 4 counties in each province 8 mixed income,
All free
Patient survey Reported cost in previous month on TB drugs and tests Postgraduate students   
Zhan 20049 2000-2001 257 Shandong Jiangsu Counties 3 middle,
1 free 2 not free
Patient survey Reported total medical cost per treatment Health staff   
Meng 200410 2000 312 Shandong Counties 2 middle income,
2 poor: All free
Patient survey Reported total medical annual cost per TB patient Medical students and health staff   
Liu 200714 2004 889 Fujian Henan Liaoning Xinjiang 3 counties in each province 12 poor,
All free
Patient survey Reported direct household cost per treatment Health staff from non-TB system and university students   
Huang 200916 2007 100 Hunan Counties 10 unknown,
All free
Patient survey Reported total medical cost per treatment Unknown   
Xu 200615 2002-2003 465 Jiangsu Counties 2 middle income,
1 free 1 not free
Longitudinal: 4 interviews per patient b 1. Reported total medical cost for treatment 2. Non-adherence rate TB specialist  
Xu 201013 2008 501 Shandong Counties 6 mixed income,
All free
Patient survey 1. Reported annual household medical cost in household with TB patient 2. Non-adherence rate Independent investigator with help of TB staff  
Zhang 200712 2002 182 Whole of rural China N-A N-A Patient survey 1. Reported annual household medical cost in household with TB patient 2. Influence of charging on treatment Township health workers  
Jackson 200611 2002-2005 160 Henan Counties 4 mixed income,
All free
Longitudinal: 2 interviews per patient c 1. Reported total medical cost per completed treatment 2. Non-adherence rate 3. Influence of charging on treatment TB specialist
Wang 200718 2006 130 Yunnan Counties 10 mixed income,
All free
Patient survey Non-adherence rate Village doctors and local CDC staff    
Wang 200921 2004-2007 607 unknown Counties 2 high income,
All free
Patient survey Non-adherence rate Independent investigator    
NESS-TB 200217d 2000 1278 e Whole of China N-A N-A Patient survey 1. Non-adherence rate 2. Influence of charging on adherence unknown  
Hu 200819 2004 405 Chongqing Counties 4 mixed income,
2 free 2 not free
1. Patient survey 2. In-depth interview 1. Non-adherence rate 2. Influence of charging on adherence Postgraduate students  
Xu 200920 2006 670 Jiangsu Counties 13 mixed income,
All free
1. Patient survey 2. In-depth interview 1. Non-adherence rate 2. Influence of charging on adherence TB staff  
Ai 201022 2006-2007 659 Shaanxi Counties 30 poor,
All free
Patient survey 1. Non-adherence rate 2. Influence of charging on adherence Unknown  
Sun 200723 2004-2005 473 Jiangsu County 1 unknown,
Free
Longitudinal: 3 interviews at 2nd, 5th treatment month and treatment completion 1. Non-adherence rate 2. Influence of charging on adherence TB staff  
Xu 200424 unknown 30 Jiangsu Counties 2 middle income,
1 free 1 not free
Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) Influence of charging on adherence Researcher and postgraduate students   
  1. N-A: not applicable
  2. a In the column "Questions", point refer to which question the paper contributes data to
  3. b Good follow up (>92% complete all interviews);
  4. c After 10-12 months 11 people died and five could not be located.
  5. d NESS-TB: National technical steering group of the epidemiological sampling survey for tuberculosis
  6. e 900 new cases and 378 patients who received treatment