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Building a European database to gather multi-country evidence on active and latent TB screening for migrants

Öhd, JN; Lönnroth, K; Abubakar, I; Aldridge, RW; Erkens, C; Jonsson, J; Marchese, V; ... Hergens, M-P; + view all (2019) Building a European database to gather multi-country evidence on active and latent TB screening for migrants. International Journal of Infectious Diseases , 80 S45-S49. 10.1016/j.ijid.2019.02.041. Green open access

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Background and aim Screening for active and latent TB among migrants in low TB incidence countries may constitute an important contribution to TB elimination. E-DETECT TB, a European multi-county collaboration, aims to address the present lack of evidence on effectiveness of migrant TB screening by collating data in an international database and perform cross-country pooled and comparative analyses of screening coverage, results and linkage to care. Method A database was established using migrant TB screening data from participating countries’ national screening programs, national screening pilots and local research projects. All partner countries contributed to a common agreed protocol with standardized variables, pooling available numerator and denominator screening data from participating countries and sites. Results All collaborating members drafted and agreed upon a data sharing accord as well as a protocol that clearly defined responsibilities and data governance principles. The database has been created and data transfer is ongoing. Conclusion By persistence and focus the project has overcome considerable administrative, practical and legal challenges. This international collaboration provides greater power of analysis of harmonized data and thereby a unique opportunity to contribute migrant TB screening evidence. E-DETECT TB has started to invite other countries to contribute data to the database.

Type: Article
Title: Building a European database to gather multi-country evidence on active and latent TB screening for migrants
Location: Canada
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2019.02.041
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2019.02.041
Language: English
Additional information: Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of International Society for Infectious Diseases. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: TB screening, migrants, database, low-incidence countries, international collaboration
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070313
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