TABLE 1

National survey of the 203 TB-specific hospitals in China from 1999 to 2009

19992004200720082009
Testing capacity and workload
 Smear
  TB-specific hospitals with testing capacity165 (81)177 (87)198 (98)
  Overall test volume644 217973 6731 710 841
  Tests per TB-specific hospital390455018641
 Solid culture
  TB-specific hospitals with testing capacity95 (47)102 (50)128 (63)
  Overall test volume57 23673 934161 127
  Tests per TB-specific hospital6027251259
 Liquid culture
  TB-specific hospitals with testing capacity20 (10)44 (22)62 (31)
  Overall test volume27 12050 464114 349
  Tests per TB-specific hospital135611471844
 Drug susceptibility test
  TB-specific hospitals with testing capacity84 (41)103 (51)125 (62)
  Overall test volume14 88523 76453 518
  Tests per TB-specific hospital177231428
Average lab technicians per TB-specific hospital
 Central6.2
 Eastern6.3
 Western7.8
MDR
 TB patients tested for DST30 21136 67049 270
 Drug-resistant TB patients#10 22912 78216 674
 MDR-TB patients diagnosed536668168769
  • Data are presented as n (%) or n. TB: tuberculosis; MDR-TB: multi drug-resistant TB; DST: drug susceptibility test. #the number of drug-resistant TB cases include that of MDR-TB cases.