Table 1

Standardised patient case descriptions

Standardised patient caseOpening statementRelevant historyIdeal TB management strategyIdeal HIV management strategy
Case 1: typical symptoms‘I have a cough and am feeling hot, and it’s not getting better’Cough duration 2 weeks, experiencing loss of weight/appetite and night sweats, known HIV+, not on ARTOffered/sent for any TB test or referred to public sector for any reasonOffered/sent for tests to assess CD4 cell count and/or viral load or referred to public sector for any reason
Case 2: confirmed TB‘I have a cough that is not getting better. I have been to a clinic back home and they gave me some tablets and took my spit’Carrying GeneXpert pos/Rif inconclusive laboratory report. Cough duration 3 weeks, experiencing loss of weight/appetite and night sweats, HIV− at last test 1 year agoOffered/sent for any TB test or referred to public sector for any reasonOffered/sent for rapid or ELISA test for HIV or referred to public sector for any reason
Case 3: previous TB‘I am suffering from a bad cough. About a year ago I had got tablets in the hospital, and it had got better. But now again I’m having this cough’Cough duration 2 weeks, experiencing loss of weight/appetite and night sweats, diagnosed and treated with TB last year at which time took 3–4 months TB treatment, known HIV+, not on ARTOffered/sent for any TB test or referred to public sector for any reasonOffered/sent for tests to assess CD4 cell count and/or viral load or referred to public sector for any reason
  • ART, antiretroviral therapy; TB, tuberculosis.