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A pilot test of the addition of zinc to the current case management package of diarrhea in a primary health care setting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16254536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Zinc is recommended for the treatment of acute diarrhea in children but the effect of its introduction on drug and oral rehydration solution use is unclear. Government care providers, private practitioners and community workers were trained to distribute zinc and oral rehydration solution to children seeking care for diarrhea. Periodic surveys showed that village-based workers became a common source of diarrhea treatment and private practitioners were used less. Zinc was used in approximately half of the episodes; the prescription and use rates of oral rehydration solution packets increased from 7% at baseline to 44.9% 6 months later. Reduction in use of drugs during diarrhea ranged from 34% for tablets to 64% for injections 6 months later. The cost of treatment to families declined significantly. These findings need confirmation in a randomized controlled trial.
Nita Bhandari; Sarmila Mazumder; Sunita Taneja; Brinda Dube; Robert E Black; Olivier Fontaine; Dilip Mahalanabis; Maharaj Kishan Bhan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0277-2116     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-28     Completed Date:  2006-04-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211545     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  685-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Antidiarrheals / therapeutic use*
Child, Preschool
Diarrhea / drug therapy*,  therapy*
Fluid Therapy* / methods
Pilot Projects
Treatment Outcome
Zinc / therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antidiarrheals; 7440-66-6/Zinc
Comment In:
J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2006 Mar;42(3):253-5   [PMID:  16540791 ]

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