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Evidence of high bed net usage from a list randomization experiments in rural Gambia

July 14, 2020 - 09:44 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Joe Brew, Margaret Pinder, Umberto D’Alessandro, Steven W. Lindsay, Caroline Jones and Elisa Sicuri
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:248, 13 July 2020

Recording behaviours that have the potential to impact health can be doubly challenging if the behaviour takes place in private spaces that cannot be observed directly, and where respondents answer what they think the recorder may want to hear. Sleeping under a long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) is an important intervention for malaria prevention, yet it is difficult to gauge the extent to which coverage (how many nets are in the community) differs from usage (how many people actually sleep under a net). List randomization, a novel method which partially obscures respondents’ answers to sensitive questions, was employed to estimate LLIN usage in The Gambia.

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