TB conversion study in Tumkur district

Title: Retrospective evaluation of risk factors for sputum conversion in new sputum positive pulmonary Tuberculosis cases in Sira TB unit

Objective: The study has the following objectives:

  1. To evaluate the factors which influence the sputum conversion at the end of Intensive phase (IP-at 2 months of treatment)in new sputum positive pulmonary TB cases registered under RNTCP (Phase one study)

  1. Evaluation of patient and provider reported determinants of sputum non-conversion (Phase two study)

 

Study design: This study is an unmatched retrospective case control study, where new sputum positive pulmonary TB cases who have not become sputum negative at the end of IP will be compared with those who have become sputum negative at the end of IP to determine predictors of sputum non-conversion

 

BPM study in Tumkur district

Title: Study of the profile of Block Programme Manager under National Rural Health Mission:

About the study

Under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), District Programme Manager (DPM) and Block Progrmme Manager (BPM) were appointed at district and block level to provide management support such as planning, implementing and monitoring of various activities.

Objectives: This study is an attempt to examine the extent to which BPMs have been able to fulfill their role as managers in the NRHM programme. The findings of this study will help policy makers to strengthen the role of the BPMs.

Study design: The proposed study is a cross sectional descriptive study. We will conduct this study in Tumkur district, in southern Karnataka.

POCT Study in Tumkur

Title of the Study: Qualitative field research on barriers to point of care testing in India

Point-of-care (POC) tests have the potential to improve the management of infectious diseases, especially in resource-limited settings where healthcare infrastructure is weak, and access to quality and timely medical care is a challenge. This research is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, via McGill University Health Centre Research Institute, West Montreal, Canada.

Objective: 

To conduct qualitative research on why some POC tests are used at the point-of-care and others are not, with a special focus on well-established Rapid Diagnostic Tests of global health importance: HIV, malaria, syphilis, hepatitis, and dengue, and to better understand “user needs” in terms of TB diagnostics.

Study site: Tumkur district and Bangalore urban, Karnataka state

BPM profile study

Title:  Study of the profile of Block Programme Manager under National Rural Health Mission:

About the study

Under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), District Programme Manager (DPM) and Block Progrmme Manager (BPM) were appointed at district and block level to provide management support such as planning, implementing and monitoring of various activities.

Objectives: This study is an attempt to examine the extent to which BPMs have been able to fulfill their role as managers in the NRHM programme. The findings of this study will help policy makers to strengthen the role of the BPMs.

Study design: The proposed study is a cross sectional descriptive study. We will conduct this study in Tumkur district, in southern Karnataka.

TB conversion study

TB conversion study:

Title: Retrospective evaluation of risk factors for sputum conversion in new sputum positive pulmonary Tuberculosis cases in Sira TB unit

Objective: The study has the following objectives:

  1.  To evaluate the factors which influence the sputum conversion at the end of Intensive phase (IP-at 2 months of treatment)in new sputum positive pulmonary TB cases registered under RNTCP (Phase one study)
  2.  Evaluation of patient and provider reported determinants of sputum non-conversion (Phase two study)

 

Study design: This study is an unmatched retrospective case control study, where new sputum positive pulmonary TB cases who have not become sputum negative at the end of IP will be compared with those who have become sputum negative at the end of IP to determine predictors of sputum non-conversion

 

Training for district supervisors for post-hospitalisation survey in November 2012

Training for district supervisors for post-hospitalisation survey in November 2012

Post-hospitalisation survey training conducted at Bangalore

Post-hospitalisation survey training conducted at Bangalore


 
The Health Inc Karnataka team organized training on 8th and 9th November 2012 at Vishranti Nilayam, Bangalore for district supervisors from all four districts on administering a questionnaire to survey respondents who had been hospitalized in the last few months, also called form 3.  This training was organized to train them in administering the survey questionnaire, reviewing the Kannada version of the questionnaire, and orienting them regarding hospitalizations and the related expenditure incurred by any patient. The district coordinators conducted the training using a mix of lectures, role-plays and group discussions with inputs from Bangalore team members. This survey was aimed at collecting details of the hospitalization experience for the patient, and his/her bystanders (before admission, during the stay and at discharge), and details of utilization of RSBY during the hospitalization episode using a semi-structured questionnaire.

 

Trainers from the Health Inc Karnataka team demonstrate how to administer the questionnaire

Trainers from the Health Inc Karnataka team demonstrate how to administer the questionnaire