Health information systems for leprosy control programmes : a case for quality assessment.
A qualitative study was carried out aimed at checking the level of understanding and the actual use of the indicators recommended in leprosy control programmes by either the World Health Organization or the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations.
Two successive questionnaires were sent to 268 leprosy control programme managers.
The first one concerned information about the main characteristics of the programme, the information system in operation, and the data regarded as indispensable or useful for programme monitoring.
The respondents to the first questionnaire (n=64) proposed an extraordinarily wide range of indicators, mainly ill-defined.
The respondents to the second questionnaire (n=37) to whom a limited list of precisely defined indicators was submitted did not succeed in reaching a complete agreement on any of these indicators.
Although the question of programme monitoring has been dealt with at an international level for years, there is an urgent need for a real agreement of international agencies and managers of leprosy control programmes on the indicators to be used.
Programme managers in the field are obviously open to the idea of greater intervention by international organizations to improve data collection and to encourage standardization of computerized information systems.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lèpre, Mycobactériose, Bactériose, Infection, Programme sanitaire, Lutte sanitaire, Système information, Santé, Prévalence, Questionnaire, Peau pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Leprosy, Mycobacterial infection, Bacteriosis, Infection, Sanitary program, Sanitary control, Information system, Health, Prevalence, Questionnaire, Skin disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0437001
Code Inist : 002B05B02L1. Création : 10/04/1997.