Scottish Chief Scientist Office Final Report - Testing and trust: Public perceptions, expectations, and experiences of COVID-19 testing in Scotland
Street, A., 2020
COVID-19 testing is a cornerstone of long-term pandemic control. Public trust in the value and accuracy of testing is essential to the success of the government’s testing strategy. This rapid qualitative study, involving 70 participants aged 19–85, investigated public understandings, expectations, and experiences of COVID-19 testing in Lothian, Scotland. In addition, the study investigated how people understand the purpose and value of COVID-19 tests and sought to identify the social factors that influence people’s willingness to undergo testing and follow government guidelines, as well as the ways in which people’s perceptions and experiences of testing affect trust in government and health services. The primary aim of the project was to provide rapid feedback to the government and institutions involved in the administration of COVID-19 testing to help improve the efficacy of testing programmes. The second aim of the project was to contribute to social understandings of testing and diagnosis within the fields of sociology andanthropology of medicine.
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REPORT ON THE DIADEV STUDY AT 34TH MILITARY HOSPITALReport on the DiaDev study at 34th Military Hospital
Dr Mohamed Boie Jalloh, 2020
The DiaDev research project was conceived to investigate the design and use of diagnostic devices (or, more specifcally, point-of-care rapid diagnostic test [RDT] kits) in order to understand how such test kits are contributing to the transformation of the health system in Sierra Leone. The DiaDev study at 34th Military Hospital mapped the behaviour of patients and healthcare workers in the context of RDT use and explored how patient experiences were afected when seeking healthcare, as well as the way RDTs infuenced the prescription patterns of clinical ofcers. Did RDTs infuence treatment decisions in any way, and what did patients feel about the diagnostic methods used?
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Zero-COVID-UK: What efforts to eliminate nine neglected tropical diseases can teach us about this disease target
E. Michelle Taylor, 2020
This commentary contributes to the debate on the feasibility and value of elimination of COVID-19 in the UK by reflecting on the experiences of nine neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) already marked out for elimination. First, it conveys a better sense of what
elimination is (and is not); and second, it points to the additional value a disease
elimination framework can provide for strategic planning.
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Laboratory strengthening in public health emergencies: perspectives from Sierra Leone
Vernooij, E., Kelly, A., Rogers, J., Gbetuwa, M., Street, A., 2020
Lessons learned from post-Ebola laboratory strengthening efforts
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Investigating the Design and Use of Diagnostic Devices: Sierra Leone Research Report
Vernooij, E., 2020
Understanding the life cycle of diagnostic devices in Sierra Leone: a health systems study
DiaDev Research Report Sierra Leone
Ann Kelly » Learning the Right Lessons for the Next Pandemic - How to Design Public Inquiries into the UK Government's Handling of Covid-19
Kelly, A, 2019