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Rapid Testing for the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Rifampicin Resistance: A Review of Cost-Effectiveness

Last updated: February 19, 2021
Project Number: RC1328-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Other Diagnostics
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report


  1. What is the cost-effectiveness of rapid and simultaneous tuberculosis and antibiotic susceptibility testing for the detection of pulmonary tuberculosis or rifampicin resistance?

Key Message

The evidence regarding the cost-effectiveness of the Xpert Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and resistance to rifampicin (Xpert MTB/RIF) test compared with smear microscopy in diagnosing tuberculosis is summarized in this report. Results from the included 6 studies showed that Xpert MTB/RIF testing is a cost-effective option compared with sputum smear microscopy. However, the generalizability of the results to the Canadian setting are unclear because of the clinical data source populations, willingness-to-pay thresholds, and assumptions used in the analyses. There is a lack of evidence regarding the cost-effectiveness of Xpert MTB/RIF testing compared with mycobacterial cultures or culture-based susceptibility testing.