Generic portocols for (i) hospital-based surveillance to estimate the burden of rotavirus gastroenteritis in children and (ii) a community-based survey on utilization of health care services for gastroenteritis in children : field test version
This document provides detailed guidance on how to conduct a prospective hospital-based surveillance study in order to estimate the disease burden due to rotavirus diarrhoea in young children. It includes guidance on choosing the study population, case definitions, laboratory procedures, data analysis, and how to monitor data quality. The document includes a survey of health care utilization patterns, which will provide baseline data on whether the proportion of the local population that seeks treatment for diarrhoea at the proposed study hospitals, which will be used as a criteria for proceeding with the study. The document also provides information on how to become part of a regional rotavirus laboratory network and how such networks might function.
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