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Title: Use of social media in a national Tuberculosis DrugResistance Survey: lessons from the first anti-tuberculosis drugresistance survey in Ghana[version 2; peer review: 1 approved,1 approved with reservations]
Authors: Sylverken, Augustina Angelina
Owusu-Dabo, Ellis
Kwarteng, Alexander
Twumasi-Ankrah, Sampson
Owusu, Michael
et. al
Keywords: WhatsApp
Tuberculosis
Ghana
Issue Date: 17-Jan-2019
Publisher: AAS Open Research
Citation: Sylverken AA, Owusu-Dabo E, Kwarteng A How to cite this article:et al.Use of social media in a national Tuberculosis Drug ResistanceSurvey: lessons from the first anti-tuberculosis drug resistance survey in Ghana [version 2; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with AAS Open Research 2019, :4 ()reservations]2https://doi.org/10.12688/aasopenres.12920.2
Abstract: Background: phones indicate that smart phones have become more than just a simplemedium for voice calling. Several studies have shown the potential benefitof these social media applications in discussing many health conditions.We report on tracking sample transport by public and private transportproviders using WhatsApp during the first nationwide drug resistancetuberculosis (TB) survey in Ghana.The survey was conducted between February 2016 and JuneMethods: 2017, and involved 33 TB diagnostic sites selected on the basis of atwo-stage cluster randomized sampling design on both anticipated yieldand probability proportional to size method. We engaged the services ofprivately and publicly owned vehicles’ union to transport samples to theBacteriology department at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Researchin Tropical Medicine laboratories for further laboratory processing.We created a mobile social group platform (‘National TBDRS’) onWhatsApp consisting of two representatives from each site as well as otherstakeholders. The purpose was to notify a laboratory team in Kumasi, onthe following details of the sample: date and time of dispatch, driver’sname, car number, estimated time of arrival, and bus terminal name. A total 3077 WhatsApp messages were received during the survey period. Of these, 2879 (93.57%) messages were related to thesurvey. We observed a positive correlation between the total number ofmessages received and the total number of well-packaged sputum samplessent (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 thesurvey sites.Using WhatsApp as a platform of communication can aid inConclusions: improving tracking of samples, enhance accountability of for exampledrivers handling the samples over at a road crossing and communicationacross health facilities.
Description: An article published by AAS Open Research and also available at )https://doi.org/10.12688/aasopenres.12920.1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12705
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