Date of Award

2013

First Advisor

Susan Mechanic-Meyers

Second Advisor

Mike Bergman

Abstract

Tuberculosis is a disease of poverty with 98% of deaths caused by this infection occuring in the developing world and one third of the world’s population is infected with TB bacili. The pathogen responsible for causing Tuberculosis in humans is Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The purpose of the study is to provide more information about the currently available therapeutics for Tuberculosis, the use of point-of-care diagnostics in low resource settings, and their efficacy in the diagnosis of Tuberculosis. This is an exploratory study involving health care workers in Haiti and their perceptions of the use of point-of-care medical devices to diagnose Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Data was collected from observations, surveys and interviews. Three interviews were conducted and 19 surveys were completed.

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