79
views
0
recommends
+1 Recommend
0 collections
    0
    shares
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: not found

      Laboratory medicine in Africa: a barrier to effective health care.

      Read this article at

      ScienceOpenPublisherPubMed
      Bookmark
          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.

          Abstract

          Providing health care in sub-Saharan Africa is a complex problem. Recent reports call for more resources to assist in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases that affect this population, but policy makers, clinicians, and the public frequently fail to understand that diagnosis is essential to the prevention and treatment of disease. Access to reliable diagnostic testing is severely limited in this region, and misdiagnosis commonly occurs. Understandably, allocation of resources to diagnostic laboratory testing has not been a priority for resource-limited health care systems, but unreliable and inaccurate laboratory diagnostic testing leads to unnecessary expenditures in a region already plagued by resource shortages, promotes the perception that laboratory testing is unhelpful, and compromises patient care. We explore the barriers to implementing consistent testing within this region and illustrate the need for a more comprehensive approach to the diagnosis of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on making laboratory testing a higher priority.

          Related collections

          Author and article information

          Journal
          Clin Infect Dis
          Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
          University of Chicago Press
          1537-6591
          1058-4838
          Feb 01 2006
          : 42
          : 3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. cathy.petti@aruplab.com
          Article
          CID37615
          10.1086/499363
          16392084
          88e06ccb-0b67-4de9-a449-5c213ef8d51e
          History

          Comments

          Comment on this article