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Free Content Organisation of a tuberculosis prevalence survey [Educational series: prevalence surveys. Serialised guidelines. Assessing tuberculosis prevalence through population-based surveys. Number 4 in the series]

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Measuring tuberculosis (TB) prevalence trends provides information on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The World Health Organization recently published guidelines on assessing TB prevalence through population-based surveys. The current manuscript describes in detail the organisation of the field activities in such a survey. These activities need to be embedded in a strong organisational framework where the steering committee has the overall responsibility and the survey coordinator the day-to-day supervision. Field activities need to be tailored to the community, with respect to both time and place and direct involvement of community members. Frequent and well-described monitoring procedures need to be in place to be able to identify systematic and non-systematic errors at the earliest opportunity.
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Keywords: field activities; organisation; prevalence survey; tuberculosis

Document Type: Invited Paper

Affiliations: 1: KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands; Centre for Infection and Immunity Amsterdam (CINIMA), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2: Research Institute for Tuberculosis, Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association, Tokyo, Japan

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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