Rapid assessment of head lice infestations

Heukelbach, Jörg, Ramos, Alberto Novaes, Ugbomoiko, Uade Samuel, and Ariza, Liana (2010) Rapid assessment of head lice infestations. In: Heukelbach, Jörg, (ed.) Management and Control of Head Lice Infestations. Uni-Med Verlag AG, Bremen, Germany, p. 51.

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[Extract] When financial and human resources are limited, policy makers and health care providers need cost effective and simple indicators for health problems. The so-called rapid assessment method is a way to investigate situations in which some issues are not yet well defined and where sufficient time or resources for long-term assessments are not given. In case of infectious and parasitic diseases, these simple indicators (such as asking a patient if he/she considers being infected, or simple clinical assessments) are commonly used to plan and monitor mass interventions. Additionally, rapid assessment also helps to detect parasitised individuals, and to plan individual treatment. Rapid assessment methods have been developed for a variety of diseases and health conditions, and thus have a great value in resource-poor as well as in high income settings [1-4]. These methods may also be helpful to plan and monitor interventions.

Item ID: 16719
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-3-8374-1203-1
Keywords: head lice, infestations, management, control
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Chapter 5: Diagnosis and Rapid Assessment

Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 22:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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