How can research findings inform and improve social and behavior change (SBC) programs? What questions can SBC practitioners keep in mind to help sift through research, interpret publications, and apply lessons learned? Join Breakthrough ACTION for the third in a series of online guided discussions following a journal club format about malaria SBC evidence on August 6, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT). More information about the article and how you can prepare for and participate in the online discussion is found below.
Dr. Clare Chandler, Co-director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Antimicrobial Resistance Centre
About the article
In the article Prescriber and patient-oriented behavioural interventions to improve use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Tanzania: facility-based cluster randomised trial, the impact of a health worker training and health worker patient-oriented training were compared with the standard government training on rapid diagnostic tests. This facility-based cluster randomized trial demonstrated that a combination of prescriber and patient behavioral interventions can reduce prescription of antimalarials to patients without malaria to near zero. Small group training with SMS messaging was associated with a significant and sustained improvement in prescriber adherence to rapid diagnostic test results.
Preparing for the discussion