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BACKGROUND Clinical research can be facilitated by the use of informatics tools. We used an existing electronic medical record (EMR) system and personal data assistants (PDAs) to assess the characteristics and outcomes of patients with acute respiratory illnesses (ARIs) visiting a Kenyan rural health center. METHODS We modified the existing EMR to include(More)
The authors implemented an electronic medical record system in a rural Kenyan health center. Visit data are recorded on a paper encounter form, eliminating duplicate documentation in multiple clinic logbooks. Data are entered into an MS-Access database supported by redundant power systems. The system was initiated in February 2001, and 10,000 visit records(More)
To improve care, one must measure it. In the US, electronic medical record systems have been installed in many institutions to support health care management, quality improvement, and research. Developing countries lack such systems and thus have difficulties managing scarce resources and investigating means of improving health care delivery and outcomes.(More)
BACKGROUND Esophageal cancer is the most common malignancy in Western Kenya and patients present with advanced disease. OBJECTIVE To determine baseline level of knowledge of esophageal cancer in Bomet District in order to develop targeted and effective educational classes. METHODS A questionnaire with twelve questions testing knowledge about esophageal(More)
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