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Developing operational research capacity in hospital tuberculosis control officers in Malawi

Harries, A. D., Kemp, J. and Salaniponi, F. M. (2003) 'Developing operational research capacity in hospital tuberculosis control officers in Malawi'. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Vol 7, Issue 3, pp. 266-270.

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Abstract

SETTING: The National TB Control Programme (NTP) of Malawi. OBJECTIVES: To describe 1) the way in which a generic operational research project was developed and implemented by hospital TB officers (TBOs), 2) the outcome in terms of research work completed, data analysed and papers written up, and 3) the results of the research project. DESIGN: A descriptive study of assessing diagnostic processes in patients labelled as TB suspects who had been admitted to general hospital wards over 4 weeks. RESULTS: A total of 25 TBOs were trained in developing the research protocol: 19 performed satisfactory work, 17 attended an analysis/paper writing workshop and 11 submitted a research paper. The data of five papers were collated. Of 900 hospital admissions, 153 (17%) were TB suspects, of whom 37% were diagnosed with TB, 38% were discharged with another diagnosis and 25% died or absconded during investigations. CONCLUSION: This first attempt at developing a research capacity in hospital TB officers in Malawi was partially successful, and may, through local dissemination and feedback, help to improve the speed of TB diagnosis in hospital in-patients.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > Professional practice > W88 Administrative work. Teaching. Research
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 200 Tuberculosis (General)
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 220 Diagnosis. Prognosis
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 10:06
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:04
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/2560

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