How can cascade analysis be used to improve planning for tuberculosis (TB) programs? This article by TB DIAH’s Ersin Topcuoglu, MD, MPH, explains how the TB cascade of care can serve as a valuable data source for analysis, which ultimately helps inform strategic, managerial, and operational decision making. This improved project and program planning helps narrow gaps within the TB cascade of care.
A best practice in facilitating tuberculosis (TB) data analysis and use is the cascade method for finding gaps in programs. Cascades quantify, track, and visualize how health and development programs are performing for the target population at progressive stages toward an expected outcome. They reveal weaknesses at stages of TB control and help program and project managers recognize unacceptable variations among different disaggregation levels and refine targeted TB activities for implementation. Ersin Topcuoglu, MD, MPH, explains.