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Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Community-based Latent Tuberculosis Infection Screening Strategy in Changhua
population-based screen,LTBI,TST,IGRA (QFT-GIT),cost-effectiveness analysis,
|Publication Year :||2019|
在低結核病疾病負擔國家中，依循世界衛生組織對於結核病防治指引中針對結合接觸者進行結核感染偵測以及預防性投藥可達到相當程度之結核病控制成效。然而運用此一結合防治策略於中度疾病負擔國家往往不足以達到結核病防治之預期目的。運用結核菌素皮膚檢測(tuberculin skin test, TST)以及近年來發展之丙型干擾素檢測(Interferon-gamma Release Assay, IGRA)做為篩檢工具對於一般風險民眾進行潛伏結核感染篩檢，達到早期偵測染病民眾並進行預防性投藥之疾病次段預防策略，可在族群層次降低潛伏結核感染者發病風險。由於篩檢在策略推行早期即會產生之成本，但達到後續降低結核病發生之效益卻在晚期才可顯現。如何運用經濟評估方法對於前述之結核病次段預防策略進行決策評估確鮮少被提及。
本研究首先運用彰化結核監測資料、接觸者調查資料、以及社區整合式篩檢資料在考量性別與年齡之影響下評估彰化結核疾病進展之動態變化。本研究亦運用彰化實證資料評估結核菌素皮膚檢測、丙型干擾素檢測，以及結合運用兩工具於彰化民眾對於潛伏結核感染偵測之敏感度與特異度。運用彰化地區之結核病動態參數、偵測工具特性參數，以及彰化結核防治效益參數，本研究進而運用馬可夫決策模型對不篩檢、結核菌素皮膚檢測潛伏結核篩檢、丙型干擾素檢測潛伏結核篩檢，以及結合兩種工具之潛伏結核篩檢策略進行效益與成本效益評估。本研究並運用決定性(deterministic)與機率性(probabilistic)方法評估個策略之增量成本效益比(incremental cost-effectiveness ratio，ICER)。
In contrast to the countries with low incidence of tuberculosis (TB), strategies of controlling Tuberculosis (TB) in those countries with moderate disease burden, the adoption of WHO guideline through passive case finding and chemoprevention for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) through active investigation for contact tracing is not sufficient to reach the goal of disease prevention. The alternative is the use of screening as a secondary prevention with the conventional Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) and the recently proposed Interferon-gamma Release Assay (IGRA) aimed at early detection and treatment of TB arising from among LTBI in average-risk population followed by the provision of chemoprophylaxis to decrease the risk of further progression to clinical TB. Given the costs incurred in screening earlier and the effectiveness of averting TB cases accrued later, economic evaluation plays an important role in decision-making for such kinds of screening strategy, which been barely addressed.
This thesis aimed at assessing the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of applying Tuberculin Skin Test (TST), IGRA, and the combination of the two compared with no screen together with the consideration of current context of TB prevention strategy in Changhua.
Material and Methods
The forces of natural evolution of tuberculosis from susceptible, LTBI, reinfection, clinical TB resulting from exogenous and endogenous sources, to TB death was first derived from the empirical data of TB surveillance registry, contact investigation registry, and community-based screening samples with the consideration of the effect of age, sex. The diagnostic characteristics of TST, IGRA, and the combination of the two were derived by using the data from Changhua integrated community-based screening. Based on the parameters of TB evolution, the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness for the four scenarios of no screen, TST screening, IGRA screening, and screening by using TST combined with IGRA were assessed by using Markov decision tree under the context of TB prevention in Changhua. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) with deterministic and probabilistic approach were estimated.
The incidence of TB in 2016 was 50 per 100,000. Regarding the force of TB infection rate and conversion rate, subjects with positive IGRA had higher risks on both rates. Male also had higher risk in these two rates. While the elderly had a higher risk for the progression to clinical TB from LTBI, the risk of LTBI was higher for the young. The case-fatality rate of TB in Changhua was around 20%. By using the parameters derived from the empirical data in Changhua, the cost-effectiveness of the population-based screening strategies using TST and IGRA were assessed. The combination uses of TST and IGRA provides a higher efficacy in averting TB cases compared with no screen. Regarding the cost-effectiveness of TB case averted, the ICER for prevention one TB case was estimated as NT 35,966, NT 40,973, NT 45,748, and NT 34,404 for the screening strategy using TST, IGRA, the combination of the two in parallel and that in serial, respectively with the probability of being cost effective of 85.0%, 78.5%, 77.0%, and 86.0%, respectively, based on the NT 60,000 threshold value of wiliness-to-pay. The ICER for life-years gain was NT 39,439, NT 44,284, NT 55,086, and NT 37,190 for TST screen, IGRA screen, the screen with the combination of TST and IGRA in parallel, and that in serial, respectively. The NT 60,000 willing-to-pay threshold gives the probability of being cost-effective around 60% for the four strategies compared with no screen.
The strategy of screening for LTBI in an average-risk population by using TST, IGRA and TST combined IGRA is effective in averting TB cases through the early identification of LTBI subjects followed by the chemoprophylaxis of INH.
Keywords: population-based screen, LTBI, TST, IGRA (QFT-GIT), cost-effectiveness analysis
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