Cost-effectiveness of IGRA/QFT-Plus for TB screening of migrants in Oman

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  • Seif Al Abri, Ministry of Health Oman
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  • Akiko Kowada, Ota City Office
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  • Fatma Yaqoubi, Ministry of Health Oman
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  • Sulien Al Khalili, Ministry of Health Oman
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  • Nduku Ndunda, Qiagen
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  • Eskild Petersen

Objective: To estimate the cost of a screening program for identifying latent tuberculosis (TB) infections in migrants to Oman. Methods: A Markov model was used to estimate the cost of screening using an interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) applied to all migrants from high TB endemic countries, followed by preventive TB treatment. Results: The model compared seven different scenarios, with a comparison of the direct cost and the quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) saved. Conclusions: IGRA testing followed by 3 months of preventive treatment with rifapentine/isoniazid (3HP) was the most cost-effective intervention.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Pages (from-to)S72-S77
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Cost, DAILYs, Latent tuberculosis, Screening

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