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Currently, molecular diagnostic testing is largely confined to centralised referral laboratories. However most patients are seen at lower levels of the healthcare system, in clinics with reduced diagnostic testing capabilities.

Healthcare access pyramid for tuberculosis control in high-burden countries.

Percentage of the population
Access to facilities with no infrastructure ¹
Access to facilities with minimal infrastructure ¹
Access to facilities with moderate or advanced infrastructure ¹
Percentage of the population
Access to facilities with no infrastructure ¹
Access to facilities with minimal infrastructure ¹
Access to facilities with moderate or advanced infrastructure ¹

The “decentralised approach increases access in primary care settings” ¹

“ Taking the laboratory into the doctor’s office will benefit everyone, reducing the number of hospital and clinic visits, and speeding diagnosis and treatment ”
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“ Correct and timely treatment saves lives, reduces morbidity, and reduces transmission. ”
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“ POC testing is diagnostic testing that will result in a clear and actionable management decision...within the same clinical encounter ”
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As a result, the World Health Organization has called for new POC tuberculosis tests for use in the community and the lower levels of the healthcare system

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“ Taking the laboratory into the doctor’s office will benefit everyone, reducing the number of hospital and clinic visits, and speeding diagnosis and treatment ”
3
“ Correct and timely treatment saves lives, reduces morbidity, and reduces transmission. ”
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“ POC testing is diagnostic testing that will result in a clear and actionable management decision...within the same clinical encounter ”
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As a result, the World Health Organization has called for new POC tuberculosis tests for use in the community and the lower levels of the healthcare system

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POC technologies enable diagnosis and treatment in a range of settings
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“In developing countries where resources and healthcare professionals are scarce, the impact of this kind of device could be profound.”
Lilian Anekwe
Can We Make A Real Tricorder?, BBC Focus

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“In developing countries where resources and healthcare professionals are scarce, the impact of this kind of device could be profound.”
Lilian Anekwe
Can We Make A Real Tricorder?, BBC Focus

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As well as taking the diagnostic lab to the patient’s side, POC has a range of additional benefits

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