Management of Studies

data collection

I can provide assistance with the planning and management of population surveys. This includes the following: study design,  sampling strategies, testing survey instruments, training of interviewers, data collection and data cleaning, analysis, report writing and presentation of results.  I have managed population surveys to measure health and nutritional indicators, immunization rates, services' access and satisfaction, unmet needs and other indicators.

Examples include the following:

(a) Household surveys in several countries to measure anthropometric and health indicators, immunization coverage, access to services and other variables. The results were used to improve planning of new health projects, and to monitor and evaluate health care programmes.

(b) Longitudinal studies in Uganda to identify predictors of child malnutrition and mortality. These studies achieved the following: i) identification of the determinants of nutritional status and child mortality in South West Uganda and in North-West Uganda, ii) the estimation of the sensitivity and specificity of anthropometric parameters in predicting child mortality, iii) the identification of factors influencing the recovery from stunting, and iv) the construction of a local anthropometric standard.

(c) One hospital discharge survey in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. This survey covered all the 67 hospitals in KZN, providing the only statistics on the causes of hospital discharges and mortality for the period 1998-2002. As KZN did not have an electronic recording system of the causes of discharges, the only solution was to run a discharge survey in all its hospitals. The chart audit provided the medical history, which was used to assign the underlying cause of discharge. This was done by two medical doctors in double blind fashion, ensuring reliable estimates of the causes of discharges and death. For the first time KZN could have its hospitalization profile, which revealed the burden of AIDS in the hospitals.