Journal article

The diagnosis of scabies by non-expert examiners: A study of diagnostic accuracy

Millicent H Osti, Oliver Sokana, Christina Gorae, Margot J Whitfeld, Andrew C Steer, Daniel Engelman

PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although scabies is estimated to be one of the most common skin conditions globally, prevalence data is not available in most settings. Disease mapping is required to develop and monitor successful control programs. Non-expert health workers are likely to play an important role in scabies mapping activities in endemic settings. METHODOLOGY: Four non-expert health workers were trained in the diagnosis of scabies and impetigo. The health worker diagnosis was compared to a reference consensus diagnosis of two doctors experienced in diagnosis. The study was conducted in a primary school in Gizo, Solomon Islands, in August 2018. The six examiners consecutively assessed school students..

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Funding Acknowledgements

DE and ACS are supported by fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. ACS is also supported by the National Heart Foundation of Australia. MHO is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.