Leveraging Patients' Social Networks to Overcome Tuberculosis Underdetection: A Field Experiment in India

Jessica Goldberg, Mario Macis, Pradeep Chintagunta

NBER Working Paper No. 25279
Issued in November 2018

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This project was approved by IRB committees at the University of Maryland (College Park, MD, USA), Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, USA), and the Institute for Financial Management and Research (Chennai, India). It was funded by grants from the World Bank Strategic Innovation Fund (SIEF), the International Growth Centre (IGC India Central), the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, the Maryland Population Research Center, the University of Chicago Trust (India), and Jaithirth (Jerry) Rao. Field work and data collection were conducted by JPAL-South Asia, where Pratyusha Govindaraju, Putul Gupta, Shaheen Madraswala, and Niloufer Taber capably managed the project with the help of dedicated teams. Tara Kaul and Sai Luo provided outstanding research assistance. We are grateful to Marcella Alsan, Dan Bartels, Erich Battistin, Richard Chaisson, Berkeley Dietvorst, Susan Godlonton, Jonathan Golub, Jeffrey Smith, K. Sudhir, Abby Sussman, Sergio Urzua, and participants at the China-India Insights Conference for useful comments. Dr. Kuldeep S. Sachdeva and Dr. Amar Shah (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme), Dr. K. K. Chopra (New Delhi Tuberculosis Centre), Dr. Ashwani Khanna and Dr. Shivani Chandra (Delhi State TB Office), and members of the Delhi State and the National Operational Research Committees offered advice and feedback about the design and implementation of the study. We appreciate the assistance of the State and District TB officers in the areas where we operated. We are especially grateful to Sandeep Ahuja and Shelly Batra, and their committed team at Operation ASHA. All errors and omissions are our own. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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