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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[version 1; referees: awaiting peer review]
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 et al.Use of social media in a national Tuberculosis Drug Resistance AAS OpenSurvey: lessons from the first anti-tuberculosis drug resistance survey in Ghana [version 1; referees: awaiting peer review]Research 2019, :4 ()2https://doi.org/10.12688/aasopenres.12920.1
Abstract: Background: phones indicate that smart phones have become more than just a simplemedium for voice calling. Several studies have shown the potential benefit ofthese social media applications in discussing many health conditions. Wereport on tracking sample transport by public and private transport providersusing WhatsApp during the first nationwide drug resistance tuberculosis (TB)survey in Ghana.The survey was conducted between February 2016 and June 2017,Methods: and involved 33 TB diagnostic sites selected on the basis of a two-stage clusterrandomized sampling design on both anticipated yield and probabilityproportional to size method. We engaged the services of privately and publiclyowned vehicles’ union to transport samples to the central laboratories inKumasi for further laboratory processing.We created a mobile social group platform (‘National TBDRS’) on WhatsAppconsisting of two representatives from each site as well as other stakeholders.The purpose was to notify a laboratory team in Kumasi, on the following detailsof the sample: date and time of dispatch, driver’s name, car number, estimatedtime of arrival, and bus terminal name. A total 3077 WhatsApp messages were received during the surveyResults: period. Of these, 2879 (93.57%) messages were related to the survey. Weobserved a positive correlation between the total number of messages receivedand 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 survey sites.Using WhatsApp as a platform of communication canConclusions: significantly aid in improving tracking of samples, enhance accountability of forexample drivers handling the samples over at a road crossing andcommunication across 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/123456789/12714
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