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Increased Use of Community Medicine Distributors and Rational Use of Drugs in Children Less than Five Years of Age in Uganda Caused by Integrated Community Case Management of Fever
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2012 (English)In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, ISSN 0002-9637, Vol. 87, no suppl 5, 36-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We compared use of community medicine distributors (CMDs) and drug use under integrated community case management and home-based management strategies in children 6–59 months of age in eastern Uganda. A cross-sectional study with 1,095 children was nested in a cluster randomized trial with integrated community case management (CMDs treating malaria and pneumonia) as the intervention and home-based management (CMDs treating only malaria) as the control. Care-seeking from CMDs was higher in intervention areas (31%) than in control areas (22%; P = 0.01). Prompt and appropriate treatment of malaria was higher in intervention areas (18%) than in control areas (12%; P = 0.03) and among CMD users (37%) than other health providers (9%). The mean number of drugs among CMD users compared with other health providers was 1.6 versus 2.4 in intervention areas and 1.4 versus 2.3 in control areas. Use of CMDs was low. However, integrated community case management of childhood illnesses increased use of CMDs and rational drug use.

Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency or the United Nations Children's Fund/ United Nations Development Program/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.

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2012. Vol. 87, no suppl 5, 36-45 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-185528DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0733ISI: 000311060100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-185528DiVA: diva2:572015
Available from: 2012-11-26 Created: 2012-11-26 Last updated: 2013-01-10Bibliographically approved

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