Journal article

Methods used in the spatial analysis of tuberculosis epidemiology: a systematic review

Debebe Shaweno, Malancha Karmakar, Kefyalew Addis Alene, Romain Ragonnet, Archie CA Clements, James M Trauer, Justin T Denholm, Emma S McBryde

BMC Medicine | BMC | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) transmission often occurs within a household or community, leading to heterogeneous spatial patterns. However, apparent spatial clustering of TB could reflect ongoing transmission or co-location of risk factors and can vary considerably depending on the type of data available, the analysis methods employed and the dynamics of the underlying population. Thus, we aimed to review methodological approaches used in the spatial analysis of TB burden. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search of spatial studies of TB published in English using Medline, Embase, PsycInfo, Scopus and Web of Science databases with no date restriction from inception to 15 Februar..

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Grants

Awarded by Early Career Fellowship from the NHMRC


Funding Acknowledgements

We did not receive funding for this study. Debebe Shaweno is the recipient of the Melbourne International Research Scholarship and Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship. James Trauer is a recipient of an Early Career Fellowship from the NHMRC (APP1142638).