Migrant TB screening in Sweden | Social medicine, infectious diseases and migration (SIM)

This project is assessing current strategies for early TB case finding and screening for latent TB infection (LTBI) among migrants from TB endemic countries, with a main initial focus on Stockholm County.

This mixed-method project includes: qualitative studies (interviews with users, health providers and other stakeholders) to explore barriers and enablers for optimal implementation of migrant TB screening; epidemiological analyses of diagnostic pathways and TB screening coverage, uptake and results; and an economic evaluation of LTBI screening for asylum seekers based on mathematical modelling. Interventions to optimize implementation of appropriate strategies will be developed.

The project is implemented in collaboration with Karolinska University Hospital, the infection disease unit of Stockholm County, and several other regions.

The project was initially funded with grants from Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE) and the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation and continues from 2020 with funding from the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation.