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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

Print version ISSN 1726-4634On-line version ISSN 1726-4642


ALLEN, Rhiannon et al. Feasibility of an mobile application as a tool for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis contact monitoring in Peru. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2021, vol.38, n.2, pp.272-277.  Epub June 14, 2021. ISSN 1726-4634.

This study aimed to validate an ODK digital mobile application (ODK-DMA) in contacts exposed to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Lima, Peru. Using a questionnaire in an application on a mobile device, we registered 129 household contacts of 29 index cases of MDR-TB under treatment in 10 health facilities in South Lima in August 2018. The mean time of registration per contact was found to be 4 minutes. The prevalence of active TB symptoms among MDR-TB contacts was 3.1%. An acceptability questionnaire was completed by 31 respondents; all reported feeling comfortable or very comfortable with recording their data in the ODK-DMA, although 10% expressed concerns about confidentiality. We concluded that the ODK-DMA was a feasible and acceptable tool for registering household contacts exposed to cases with MDR-TB. Future studies should consider the use of mobile platforms for the monitoring of MDR-TB contacts.

Keywords : Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis; Tuberculosis; Peru; E-Registry; Mobile Application.

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