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Special Issue "Implementation and Scale Up Point of Care (POC) Diagnostics in Resource-Limited Settings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.
Interests: diagnostics; point of care testing; implementation; scale up; evaluation
Interests: HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis; point-of-care diagnostics; point-of-care testing; implementation science; global health; resource-limited settings
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Special Issue in Diagnostics: Novel Point-of-Care Technologies in Diagnostics 2018
Implementating, scaling up and sustaining health interventions is a challenge in practical contexts. The advent of POC diagnostics in resource-limited settings has the potential to improve health outcomes, particularly in disease-burdened countries. Despite recent investment in global health diagnostics, the potential for POC diagnostics to generate value for patients and health systems has not been met across all settings, particularly in low-and middle-income countries where disease burden is high and diagnosis remains a weak point in the health care cascade. Scale up and implementation of new of POC diagnostics in these setting is a global health priority to enable the adoption of new evidence-based POC diagnostics and to replicate and extend the reach of POC diagnostics. Global private and public sector agencies have significantly increased their investment in the development of POC diagnostics to meet the unmet needs of patients in resource-limited settings. However, previous research has demonstrated that the availability of health technologies in these settings does not always guarantee patient-centred outcomes.
The applicability, effectiveness and sustainability of diagnostic technologies is affected by the involvement of all stakeholders during planning and implementation, which must be relevant to each specific context and sensitive to local culture. Factors such as infrastructure, resources, values and characteristics of participants can influence the implementation, scalability and sustainability of health interventions such as POC diagnostics. This Special Issue “Implementation and Scale up Point of Care (POC) Diagnostics in Resource-Limited Settings” will include literature reviews and primary research studies focusing on the implementation and scale up of POC diagnostics in resource-limited settings.
Dr. Tivani P. Mashamba-Thompson
Dr. Paul K. Drain
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diagnostics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- point of care
- scale up