Opportunistic Research in Rural Areas through Community Health Worker Training: A Cost-effective method of Researching Medication Misuse in Rural India

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2016-03-31

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  • Nathan Grills
  • Jachin Velavan
  • Sangeetha Balaji
  • Eva Grace
  • Sheela Arun
  • Beulah Raji
  • Natalie Tan
  • Sara Bhattacharjii

Abstract

Background: In India it is estimated that one third of expenditure of households is spent on health related expenses, and medication purchases make up a large proportion of these costs. Objective: To investigate a novel methodology, which was cost effective, to collect large amounts of data to further understand medication purchases and misuse in rural India. Methods: This study explores the research approach that was conducted in 2012-13 by Layleaders enrolled in the Community Lay-Leaders’ Health Certificate Program initiative by Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India. Results: The methodology demonstrated a large data collection capacity, where 100 Layleaders participated and collected over 5000 surveys across 515 villages in North, Central and North East India. Conclusions: Incorporating opportunistic research methods into community health worker training can be a cost effective way to collect meaningful and useful data in rural India. This study demonstrates a successful methodology that may be transferable to other rural areas and others conducting research training as part of community health worker training should consider such opportunistic research.

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Grills N, Velavan J, Balaji S, Grace E, Arun S, Raji B, Tan N, Bhattacharjii S. Opportunistic Research in Rural Areas through Community Health Worker Training: A Cost-effective method of Researching Medication Misuse in Rural India. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2016 Mar. 31 [cited 2022 Oct. 6];28(1):28-34. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/643

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