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|Title: ||Use of social media in a national Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey: lessons from the first anti-tuberculosis drug resistance survey in Ghana|
|Authors: ||Sylverken, A. A.|
Owus, Michael et al ....
|Issue Date: ||Feb-2020|
|Publisher: ||AAS Open Research|
|Citation: ||AAS Open Research|
|Abstract: ||Background: The widespread use of social media applications on mobile
phones indicate that smart phones have become more than just a simple
medium for voice calling. Several studies have shown the potential benefit
of these social media applications in discussing many health conditions.
We report on tracking sample transport by public and private transport
providers using WhatsApp during the first nationwide drug resistance
tuberculosis (TB) survey in Ghana.
Methods: The survey was conducted between February 2016 and June
2017, and involved 33 TB diagnostic sites selected on the basis of a
two-stage cluster randomized sampling design on both anticipated yield
and probability proportional to size method. We engaged the services of
privately and publicly owned vehicles’ union to transport samples to the
central laboratories in Kumasi for further laboratory processing.
We created a mobile social group platform (‘National TBDRS’) on
WhatsApp consisting of two representatives from each site as well as other
stakeholders. The purpose was to notify a laboratory team in Kumasi, on
the following details of the sample: date and time of dispatch, driver’s
name, car number, estimated time of arrival, and bus terminal name.
Results: A total 3077 WhatsApp messages were received during the
survey period. Of these, 2879 (93.57%) messages were related to the survey. We observed a positive correlation between the total number of
messages received and the total number of well-packaged sputum samples
sent (r=0.89, p=0.02). There were no major transport delays
(11:44±03:50) and all samples arrived within a 3-day window from the
Conclusions: Using WhatsApp as a platform of communication can
significantly aid in improving tracking of samples, enhance accountability of
for example drivers handling the samples over at a road crossing and
communication across health facilities.|
|Description: ||This article is published in AAS Open Research and also available at doi.org/10.12688/aasopenres.12920.2)|
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