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online international survey

Acceptance and perceived value of non-invasive malaria diagnostic tests in malaria-endemic countries

October 9, 2021 - 20:15 -- Open Access
Ewurama Dedea Ampadu Owusu, Ana Campillo, Jennifer Daily and Xavier C. Ding
Malaria Journal 2021 20:379,24 September 2021

The diagnosis of malaria, using microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), requires the collection of capillary blood. This procedure is relatively simple to perform but invasive and poses potential risks to patients and health workers, arising from the manipulation of potentially infectious bodily fluids. Less or non-invasive diagnostic tests, based on urine, saliva or requiring no sampling, have the potential to generate less discomfort for the patient and to offer simpler and less risky testing procedures that could be safely performed by untrained staff or even self-performed. To explore the potential acceptance and perceived value of such non-invasive tests, an online, international survey was conducted to gather feedback from National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) representatives.

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