Health workers in developing countries identify infections in infants almost as well as doctors, study showsBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6220 (Published 15 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6220
- Susan Mayor
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 …