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Summary We assessed end-user practice for numerous procedural steps of two types of RDTs: Core Malaria Pf™ (the cassette format) and OptiMAL IT™ (the dipstick format). Two types of errors occurred: generic errors common to both types of test and specific errors caused by the test design and manufacturer’s instructions. End-user errors were more frequent with OptiMAL IT™ than Core Pf™ tests. To improve malaria diagnosis with rapid tests, users require training and better manufacturer’s instructions that take into account local conditions.

Nous avons évalué la pratique des utilisateurs finaux pour de nombreuses étapes de la procédure de deux types de test de diagnostic rapide: les tests Core Malaria Pf™ (format cassette) et OptiMAL IT™ (format bandelettes). Deux types d’erreurs survenaient: des erreurs génériques communes aux deux types de test et des erreurs occasionnées par la conception du test et les instructions du fabricant. Les erreurs des utilisateurs finaux étaient plus fréquentes avec le test OptiMAL IT™ qu’avec le test Core Pf™. Afin d’améliorer le diagnostic de la malaria avec des tests rapides, les utilisateurs ont besoin d’une formation et des instructions du fabricant qui tiennent compte des conditions locales.

Keywords: Core Malaria Pf test; OptiMAL test; Soudan; Sudan; erreurs; error; pratiques de l’utilisateur; prácticas usuarios; test Core Malaria Pf; test OptiMAL; user practices

Document Type: Short Communication


Affiliations: 1:  National Malaria Control Program, Khartoum, Sudan 2:  Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences,University of Khartoum, Sudan 3:  Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Biology and Oncology, University of Gezira, Sudan 4:  College of Medicine, University of Juba, Sudan

Publication date: March 1, 2008


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