Accuracy of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in community studies and their impact on treatment of malaria in an area with declining malaria burden in north-eastern Tanzania

Deus S Ishengoma, Filbert Francis, Bruno Paul Mmbando, John P A Lusingu, Pamela Almeida Magistrado, Michael Alifrangis, Thor G Theander, Ib C Bygbjerg, Martha M Lemnge

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    Abstract

    Despite some problems related to accuracy and applicability of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), they are currently the best option in areas with limited laboratory services for improving case management through parasitological diagnosis and reducing over-treatment. This study was conducted in areas with declining malaria burden to assess; 1) the accuracy of RDTs when used at different community settings, 2) the impact of using RDTs on anti-malarial dispensing by community-owned resource persons (CORPs) and 3) adherence of CORPs to treatment guidelines by providing treatment based on RDT results.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftMalaria Journal
    Vol/bind10
    Sider (fra-til)176
    ISSN1475-2875
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2011

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