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Understanding user requirements to improve adoption of influenza diagnostics in clinical care within Metro Manila

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  • Understanding user requirements to improve adoption of influenza diagnostics in clinical care within Metro Manila

    Health Sci Rep. 2018 Aug 7;1(9):e75. doi: 10.1002/hsr2.75. eCollection 2018 Sep.
    Understanding user requirements to improve adoption of influenza diagnostics in clinical care within Metro Manila.

    Gerth-Guyette E1, Malacad CC2, Demonteverde MP2, Faulx D1, Lochhead MJ3, Lupisan SP2, Leader BT1, Tallo VL2.
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    Abstract

    Background and aim:

    Influenza diagnostics play a critical role informing in clinical management decisions and defining the global epidemiology of the disease to support public health responses. Use of influenza diagnostics within most low-income and middle-income countries remains limited, including in the Philippines, where they are currently used only for epidemiologic surveillance. The aim of this study was to define key considerations, including product characteristics, which may influence future adoption, uptake, and integration of influenza diagnostics into public and private clinical settings in this emerging Asian market.
    Methods:

    Our study was conducted using a convenience sample of public and private hospital laboratories in Metro Manila. A usability assessment was conducted that included interviews with decision-makers and direct observation of laboratory end users using 2 platforms representative of emerging diagnostic products: (1) a point-of-care antigen-based rapid immunoassay diagnostic test paired with a reader and (2) a molecular diagnostic platform intended for decentralized use. Data were analyzed to assess user errors and device failure modes with each platform and to determine key considerations related to product adoption and uptake.
    Results:

    The most difficult test step for most users on both platforms involved sample preparation. When deciding to adopt a new test, priority product attributes include performance, potential volume of demand from clinicians, equipment cost, and ease of use. Demand for new tests is likely going to be driven by clinicians, and policies and guidelines will be needed to support the introduction of new products.
    Conclusion:

    Adoption of influenza diagnostics in Metro Manila is feasible but will require affordable products capable of satisfying needs for use in both epidemiologic surveillance and clinical management.


    KEYWORDS:

    Manila; Philippines; diagnostics; influenza; products; users

    PMID: 30623098 PMCID: PMC6266513 DOI: 10.1002/hsr2.75
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