Integration of tuberculosis and mental health care services

By  Dr. Denise Evans  |  | 


  • The physical, psychological, social and economic burden of TB on the patient before, during and even after TB treatment is significant.
  •  Routine screening and effective management of comorbid depression and anxiety in TB patients should be incorporated into TB programmes using a more holistic approach to TB care.
  • Integrating psycho-socio-economic support interventions can add significant value to TB control through improvements in treatment success rates and reductions in patient suffering and the cost burden.
  • Need to standardize the definition of depression and outcomes across studies to measure feasibility, cost–effectiveness and impact on health outcomes.

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