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Provider and patient perceptions of malaria rapid diagnostic test use in Nigeria: a cross-sectional evaluation

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Provider and patient perceptions of malaria rapid diagnostic test use in Nigeria: a cross-sectional evaluation
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Malaria Journal, May 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12936-018-2346-x
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Olugbenga A. Mokuolu, Olufemi O. Ajumobi, Godwin N. Ntadom, Olanrewaju T. Adedoyin, Alero A. Roberts, Chimere O. Agomo, Kate U. Edozieh, Henrietta U. Okafor, Robinson D. Wammanda, Friday A. Odey, Ibrahim K. Maikore, Olatayo O. Abikoye, Adekunle D. Alabi, Chiomah Amajoh, Bala M. Audu


Nigeria commenced a phased programmatic deployment of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) at the primary health care (PHC) facility levels since 2011. Despite various efforts, the national testing rate for malaria is still very low. The uptake of RDT has been variable. This study was undertaken to determine the provider and patient perceptions to RDT use at the PHC level in Nigeria with their implications for improving uptake and compliance. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 120 randomly selected PHCs across six states, across the six-geopolitical zones of Nigeria in January 2013. Health facility staff interviews were conducted to assess health workers (HW) perception, prescription practices and determinants of RDT use. Patient exit interviews were conducted to assess patient perception of RDT from ten patients/caregivers who met the eligibility criterion and were consecutively selected in each PHC, and to determine HW's compliance with RDT test results indirectly. Community members, each selected by their ward development committees in each Local Government Area were recruited for focus group discussion on their perceptions to RDT use. Health workers would use RDT results because of confidence in RDT results (95.4%) and its reduction in irrational use of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) (87.2%). However, in Enugu state, RDT was not used by health workers because of the pervasive notion RDT that results were inaccurate. Among the 1207 exit interviews conducted, 549 (45.5%) had received RDT test. Compliance rate (administering ACT to positive patients and withholding ACT from negative patients) from patient exit interviews was 90.2%. Among caregivers/patients who had RDT done, over 95% knew that RDT tested for malaria, felt it was necessary and liked the test. Age of patients less than 5 years (p = 0.04) and "high" educational status (p = 0.0006) were factors influencing HW's prescription of ACT to RDT negative patients. The study demonstrated positive perception to RDT use by HW and among community members with good compliance rate among health workers at the PHC level. This positive perception should be explored in improving the current low level of malaria testing in Nigeria while addressing the influence of age on HW administration of ACT to RDT negative cases.

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Unknown 86 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 19 22%
Student > Postgraduate 11 13%
Researcher 10 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 8%
Other 13 15%
Unknown 18 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 28 33%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 13%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 9 10%
Psychology 5 6%
Social Sciences 3 3%
Other 10 12%
Unknown 20 23%

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