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A low cost decision support tool for the diagnosis of endemic bovine infectious diseases in the mixed crop-livestock production system of sub-Saharan Africa

Eisler, M.C. and Magona, J.W. and Jonsson, N.N. and Revie, C.W. (2007) A low cost decision support tool for the diagnosis of endemic bovine infectious diseases in the mixed crop-livestock production system of sub-Saharan Africa. Infection and Epidemiology, 135 (1). pp. 67-75. ISSN 0950-2688

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Abstract

Diagnosis and treatment of endemic infectious disease is crucial for productivity of cattle in rural sub-Saharan Africa, but shortages of trained veterinary professionals necessitate support for less well-trained cadres of animal health worker. A Delphi survey of veterinary experts provided quantitative information on key clinical signs associated with eight endemic bovine diseases, then heuristics and dendrogram analysis identified a reduced sign set to be incorporated in a diagnostic decision support tool implemented as a simple colour-banded card. One hundred and seventy disease-sign questionnaire returns were obtained from 32 veterinary research scientists and 14 veterinary practitioners. Preliminary validation of the decision support tool for 16 prototypical cases resulted in 'correct' diagnosis over 90% of the time. The card potentially serves as a training aid and aide-mæ#169;moire, and could improve the diagnostic competence of animal healthcare providers.

Item type: Article
ID code: 3445
Keywords: decision support tool, diagnosis, bovine infectious diseases, livestock production, sub-Saharan Africa, animal healthcare, Zoology
Subjects: Science > Zoology
Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2007
    Last modified: 16 Jul 2013 19:11
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/3445

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