Hanrahan CF, Clouse K, Bassett J, Mutunga L, Selibas K, Stevens W, Scott L, Sanne I, Van Rie A. The patient impact of point-of-care vs. laboratory placement of Xpert(®) MTB/RIF. The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2015 Jul;19(19). 811-6. PMID: 26056107 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4869324 NIHMSID: NIHMS728457.
The Xpert(®) MTB/RIF assay can diagnose tuberculosis (TB) rapidly and with great accuracy. The effect of Xpert placement at point of care (POC) vs. at an off-site laboratory on patient management remains unknown.