Correct diagnosis of current head lice infestation made by affected individuals from a hyperendemic area
Heukelbach, Jörg, Kuenzer, Monika, Counahan, Megan, Feldmeier, Hermann, and Speare, Richard (2006) Correct diagnosis of current head lice infestation made by affected individuals from a hyperendemic area. International Journal of Dermatology, 45 (12). pp. 1437-1438.
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[Extract] Head lice infestations are common in many resource-poor communities throughout the world. Pediculosis in these settings is regarded as a minor problem of low priority by both residents and health professionals. A cost- and time effective approach to diagnosis is therefore warranted, as scarce resources in health personnel should be directed towards more important health priorities. The aim of this study was to evaluate the positive predictive value (PPV) of residents’ self-reporting of active pediculosis in a resourcepoor community. If the PPV is high, primary healthcare services could provide treatment on this basis alone without expending time in confirming the diagnosis.
We undertook a study in an urban slum in Fortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceará (north-east Brazil). The prevalence of pediculosis (active and inactive infection) in the area is more than 40%, and socio-economic conditions are precarious.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||head lice; diagnosis; Brazil; pediculus humanus capitis|
|FoR Codes:||11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920117 Skin and Related Disorders @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||26 Nov 2009 10:38|
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