Sara J. Whitehead

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BACKGROUND Maternal mortality in Afghanistan is uniformly identified as an issue of primary public-health importance. To guide the implementation of reproductive-health services, we examined the numbers, causes, and preventable factors for maternal deaths among women in four districts. METHODS We did a retrospective cohort study of women of reproductive(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies of microbicide acceptability among HIV-infected women have been done. We assessed Carraguard® vaginal gel acceptability among participants in a randomized, controlled, crossover safety trial in HIV-infected women in Thailand. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Participants used each of 3 treatments (Carraguard gel, methylcellulose(More)
INTRODUCTION Health utilities of tuberculosis (TB) patients may be diminished by side effects from medication, prolonged treatment duration, physical effects of the disease itself, and social stigma attached to the disease. METHODS We collected health utility data from Thai patients who were on TB treatment or had been successfully treated for TB for the(More)
In 2004, routine use of culture and drug-susceptibility testing (DST) was implemented for persons in 5 Thailand provinces with a diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). To determine if DST results were being used to guide treatment, we conducted a retrospective chart review for patients with rifampin-resistant or multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB during 2004-2008. A(More)
BACKGROUND Drug resistance substantially increases tuberculosis (TB) mortality. This study aimed to describe the prevalence of mycobacterial drug resistance pattern and association of common resistance patterns with TB mortality in Thailand. METHOD A retrospective cohort study was conducted using TB surveillance data. A total of 9,518 culture-confirmed,(More)
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