|Title||Assessment of four common underfive children illnesses Routine Health Management Information System data for decision making at Ilemela Municipal Council, Northwest Tanzania: A case series analysis.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Kabakama, S, Ngallaba, S, Musto, R, Montesanti, S, Konje, E, Kishamawe, C|
|Journal||Int J Med Inform|
|Date Published||2016 Sep|
BACKGROUND: In 2012, The Tanzania Ministry Of Health introduced the revised Routine Health Management Information System (RHMIS) modules and registers, and introduced the open source software for data collection at the district council level. Despite a series of data collection tools revisions, the quality of data collated from both public and private primary health care facilities has not been investigated.METHODS: A case series study design was conducted on underfive children outpatient registers and monthly reports on malaria, acute respiratory infections, acute diarrhoea and pneumonia from 10 randomly selected health facilities. The data was entered into excel software and exported to stata version 11 for analysis. The data was analyzed for completeness, timely report submission and reporting accuracy.RESULTS: The Study found that 62% of the expected data was complete. Around 40% of the facilities submitted reports on time. Private health facilities submitted monthly reports late compared to the public facilities (p-value=0.039). There was 26% over-reporting of diagnosis. Health centres tended to over-report more diagnoses by 11 times higher than the dispensaries. In addition, private owned health facilities tended to over-report more diagnoses by 6 times higher than public owned health facilities.CONCLUSION: The RHMIS data collected through out patients department (OPD) registers on four common underfive children's illnesses at ilemela municipality were of unsatisfactory quality in light of allocation of resource allocations in the comprehensive council health plan.
|Alternate Journal||Int J Med Inform|
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