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Tuberculosis Laboratory Cooperative Agreement : annual aggregate report, 2008
  • Published Date:
    June 22, 2010
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    Inaugural report. The Laboratory Capacity Activity in the Mycobacteriology Laboratory Branch (MLB) in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) is pleased to introduce the first edition of the “Tuberculosis Laboratory Cooperative Agreement: Annual Aggregate Report”. The data contained herein are a compilation of the workload and turnaround time for calendar year 2008 taken from TB Elimination Cooperative Agreement narratives by public health laboratories (PHLs) receiving support via this mechanism. These data provide an opportunity for PHLs to benchmark themselves by comparing their own laboratory data with those from peers with similar testing volumes. Benchmarking may serve as a useful guide for identifying testing practices and algorithms that are successful or need examination. A few items must be considered when reviewing this report. First, the data are self-reported by PHLs. The interpretation of the statistic and the calculation used to derive the reported values may differ between laboratories. Second, although the same data were requested from all 58 PHL, not every PHL reported complete data. In the future, we expect that all PHLs will report data for each variable. Complete reporting is imperative for providing an accurate reflection of the work being performed over time to be described in future aggregate reports. Third, unless noted otherwise, data are reported on a “per patient” and not “per specimen” basis. Lastly, due to the limitations presented above, this report is to be used only as a guide and is not intended for other purposes that may be disciplinary in nature.
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