Short EpiData course: do participants use the data entry tool two years post-training?

Kumar, A. M. V. and Chinnakali, P. and Shewade, H. and Gupta, V. and Nagpal, P. and Harries, A. D. (2015) Short EpiData course: do participants use the data entry tool two years post-training? PHA, 5 (4). pp. 261-265.

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Setting: Training courses on data entry are few and far between compared to analysis. To address this gap, we conducted a short 2-day course on quality-assured data capture using EpiData for public health professionals in Bangalore and Puducherry, India, in 2013. Objective: To determine the proportion of participants who used EpiData and taught the software to others during the 2-years after training and explore the reasons for doing/not doing so. Design: Cross-sectional study with self-administered, semi-structured questionnaire developed using webbased Google Forms. We performed a manual thematic analysis to identify the major reasons for using/not using EpiData. Results: Of 46 participants, 38 (83%) responded. Of 31 participants involved in research, 17 (55%) had used Epi- Data, of whom 6 (35%) had performed double entry and validation. Of the 14 who did not use EpiData, 11 had used MS Excel or SPSS/Epi Info for data entry. Of the 38 respondents, 29 (76%) had taught EpiData to other colleagues and students. Reasons for using EpiData included its user-friendliness, its being open access and the ease in preventing data entry errors. Reasons for not performing double entry included lack of time and manpower. Conclusion: The short course on EpiData was effective in knowledge transfer and provides a scalable model for incorporation into the teaching curricula of medical schools and research institutions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Quality-assured data entry; EpiData; Data validation; India; Capacity building
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Operations Research
Institutions: National Task Force, Zonal Task Force & State Task Force of Medical Colleges
Depositing User: Mr SANJAY SINGH
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2015 10:38
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2015 10:38

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