Sokoine University of Agriculture

Acceptability of a prototype point of care test for human taeniosis and cysticercosis diagnosis, in Mbeya and Songwe

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dc.contributor.author Emil, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-26T06:06:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-26T06:06:14Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3759
dc.description A Dissertation 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract The proto-type Taenia solium taeniosis/cysticercosis point of care test (TSTC-POC test) is a combined T. solium taeniosis / cysticercosis diagnostic test that enables immediate diagnosis of individuals suffering from taeniosis or cysticercosis or both, and hence, enabling immediate interventions. A cross-sectional study was carried out in selected District health facilities (Ifisi, Makandana and Vwawa) of Mbeya and Songwe Regions, Tanzania to assess perceptions and factors influencing the acceptability of the TSTC-POC test among individuals who were tested during a TSTC-POC test proto-type evaluation. The assessment of acceptability of the TSTC-POC test was carried out through application of Health Belief Model (HBM), a social science theoretical framework. A total of 260 persons were interviewed using a structured questionnaire immediately after they undertook the TSTC-POC test. Data were analyzed using SPSS 16.0 where descriptive statistics and association between variables using Chi-square test were computed. Statistical significance was established at 95% confidence level and p value <0.05. The acceptability of the POC test was high (95.4%). The main factor making the test acceptable was the short time it took between testing and getting the result (45.3% of the respondents). Factors that motivated individuals to undergo the TSTC-POC test include the perceived threat of the disease (death and disabilities), trust in health practitioners and the diagnostic tool itself. Acceptability of TSTC-POC test was not influenced by study hospital, age groups, gender, education level and primary occupation of study participants. It is concluded that the TSTC-POC test is acceptable among study population of Mbeya and Songwe region, southern Tanzania. Information on the test's sensitivity and specificity is required to guide its adoption and promotion for control of TSTC in Tanzania, a potential breakthrough in TSTC surveillance. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sokoine University of Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Acceptability en_US
dc.subject Prototype point en_US
dc.subject Test care en_US
dc.subject Human Taeniosis en_US
dc.subject Cysticercosis diagnosis en_US
dc.subject MBEYA en_US
dc.title Acceptability of a prototype point of care test for human taeniosis and cysticercosis diagnosis, in Mbeya and Songwe en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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