Sputum smear microscopy: evaluation of impact of training, microscope distribution, and use of external quality assessment guidelines for resource-poor settings.

@article{Rie2008SputumSM,
  title={Sputum smear microscopy: evaluation of impact of training, microscope distribution, and use of external quality assessment guidelines for resource-poor settings.},
  author={Annelies van Rie and Damien. Fitzgerald and Georges Kabuya and Armand van Deun and Martine Tabala and N Jarret and Frieda Mtf Behets and Emmanuel Bahati},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={46 3},
  pages={
          897-901
        }
}
Sputum smear microscopy is the main and often only laboratory technique used for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in resource-poor countries, making quality assurance (QA) of smear microscopy an important activity. We evaluated the effects of a 5-day refresher training course for laboratory technicians and the distribution of new microscopes on the quality of smear microscopy in 13 primary health care laboratories in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The 2002 external QA guidelines for acid… CONTINUE READING

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