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Teaching focused echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease screening

Engelman, Daniel, Kado, Joseph H., Remenyi, Bo, Colquhoun, Samantha M., Watson, Caroline, Rayasidamu, Sera C. and Steer, Andrew C. (2015). Teaching focused echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease screening. Annals of Pediatric Cardiology,8(2):118-121.

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Title Teaching focused echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease screening
Author Engelman, Daniel
Kado, Joseph H.
Remenyi, Bo
Colquhoun, Samantha M.
Watson, Caroline
Rayasidamu, Sera C.
Steer, Andrew C.
Journal Name Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 8
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0974-2069   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84930361502
Start Page 118
End Page 121
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication India
Publisher Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Screening for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) requires workers skilled in echocardiography, which typically involves prolonged, specialized training. Task shifting echocardiographic screening to nonexpert health workers may be a solution in settings with limited human resources. An 8-week training program was designed to train health workers without any prior experience in focused echocardiography for RHD screening. Seven health workers participated. At the completion of training, the health workers performed unsupervised echocardiography on 16 volunteer children with known RHD status. A pediatric cardiologist assessed image quality. Participants provided qualitative feedback. The quality of echocardiograms were high at completion of training (55 of 56 were adequate for diagnosis) and all cases of RHD were identified. Feedback was strongly positive. Training health workers to perform focused echocardiography for RHD screening is feasible. After systematic testing for accuracy, this training program could be adapted in other settings seeking to expand echocardiographic capabilities.
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