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Use of a computerized tuberculosis register for automated generation of case finding, sputum conversion, and treatment outcome reports.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11931409     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
SETTING: Tuberculosis (TB) rates in southern Africa have increased dramatically in recent years. Provision of accurate data for surveillance, program management, and supervision is increasingly essential. OBJECTIVE: To develop software that would provide more efficient collection, compilation, and analysis of TB data on an ongoing basis. DESIGN: The 'Electronic TB Register' is a user-friendly, Epi-Info based software program based on the WHO/IUATLD format of recording and reporting. Individual records from the TB registry are entered in a program that provides interactive support. The software provides several patient management and supervision functions, such as lists of defaulters. Finally, it generates standard quarterly and annual reports on case-finding, sputum conversion, and cohort analysis, and provides graphs of trends and maps of TB indicators. RESULTS: The 'Electronic TB Register' software has been successfully implemented in five pilot projects in southern Africa. User acceptance has been high and quality of data has improved, although timeliness remains unchanged. Factors critical for success include a functioning, paper-based system, involvement of staff from the TB program, health information systems, and health facilities, ongoing training, and backup support. CONCLUSIONS: The 'Electronic TB Register' is a potentially powerful tool for surveillance, management, and supervision for countries with well-functioning paper-based recording and reporting systems.
R Vranken; D Coulombier; T Kenyon; B Koosimile; T Mavunga; W Coggin; N Binkin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1027-3719     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Tuberc. Lung Dis.     Publication Date:  2002 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-04     Completed Date:  2002-09-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706389     Medline TA:  Int J Tuberc Lung Dis     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  111-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
The BOTUSA Project, Gaborone, Botswana.
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MeSH Terms
Database Management Systems
Databases, Factual
Developing Countries
Disease Notification / methods*
Endemic Diseases
Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
Population Surveillance
Sensitivity and Specificity
South Africa / epidemiology
Sputum / microbiology
Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  epidemiology*
World Health Organization

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