Journal article

Estimating the intra-cluster correlation coefficient for evaluating an educational intervention program to improve rabies awareness and dog bite prevention among children in Sikkim, India: A pilot study

Aashima Auplish, Alison S Clarke, Trent Van Zanten, Kate Abel, Charmaine Tham, Thinlay N Bhutia, Colin R Wilks, Mark A Stevenson, Simon M Firestone

ACTA TROPICA | ELSEVIER | Published : 2017


BACKGROUND: Educational initiatives targeting at-risk populations have long been recognized as a mainstay of ongoing rabies control efforts. Cluster-based studies are often utilized to assess levels of knowledge, attitudes and practices of a population in response to education campaigns. The design of cluster-based studies requires estimates of intra-cluster correlation coefficients obtained from previous studies. This study estimates the school-level intra-cluster correlation coefficient (ICC) for rabies knowledge change following an educational intervention program. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with 226 students from 7 schools in Sikkim, India, using cluster sampling. In..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by a University of Melbourne Dream large Student Engagement Grant entitled S.A.R.A.H (Sikkim Anti Rabies and Animal Health) Program. The authors would also like to gratefully acknowledge the students and their schools that participated in this study, and contributions of the following individuals to the implementation of the educational intervention and support undertaking this study: Helen Byrnes, Gabrielle Carter, Alan Sherlock and Robert Holmes. Simon Firestone is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (project number DE160100477).