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Table 1 Treatment initiation categorized as delayed (deferred) or without delay according to time to treatment initiation and diagnosis method

From: Impact of Xpert MTB/RIF and decentralized care on linkage to care and drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment outcomes in Johannesburg, South Africa

Diagnosis method Without delay Delayed (deferred)
Xpert MTB/RIF ≤ 7 days >  7 days
Line probe assay (LPA)
Positive smear ≤ 24 days >  24 days
Negative/unknown ≤ 60 days >  60 days
Phenotypic drug sensitivity testing (DST) ≤ 80 days >  80 days