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Health workers in developing countries identify infections in infants almost as well as doctors, study shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6220 (Published 15 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6220
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Trained frontline health workers in low and middle income countries can identify bacterial infections in infants nearly as accurately as doctors who use laboratory testing, a study has found. But lack of access to antibiotics has hampered the treatment of such infections.

Up to 40% of young infants in low and middle income countries die from infections, partly because of poor access to appropriate medical care and antibiotics. An international group of researchers carried out a meta-analysis of published studies …

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