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Modeling the potential impact of community health volunteers in the diagnosis and treatment of buruli ulcer

Modeling the potential impact of community health volunteers in the diagnosis and treatment of buruli ulcer
Modeling the potential impact of community health volunteers in the diagnosis and treatment of buruli ulcer
Buruli ulcer (BU) is a debilitating disease affecting the skin, soft tissue, and bone. It is the third most common mycobacterial disease in humans. The mode of transmission is not fully understood, posing challenges in prevention, and delayed diagnosis. One effective approach to promote early diagnosis and treatment is the utilization of community health volunteers (CHVs) for active case-finding. In this study, we developed an agent-based model to investigate the impact of CHVs in referring BU patients for treatment. We compared the effects of two strategies: offering self-referral alone versus self-referral combined with CHVs, on the early diagnosis and treatment of BU. Our findings confirm previous knowledge that integrating CHVs in active case-finding leads to earlier detection of BU cases, decreasing the number of individuals recovering with major disabilities.
0891-7736
1256-1267
IEEE
Atuhaire, Fatumah
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Currie, Christine S.M.
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Hoyle, Rebecca B.
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Corlu, C.G.
Hunter, S.R.
Lam, H.
Onggo, B.S.
Shortle, J.
Biller, B.
Atuhaire, Fatumah
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Currie, Christine S.M.
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Hoyle, Rebecca B.
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Corlu, C.G.
Hunter, S.R.
Lam, H.
Onggo, B.S.
Shortle, J.
Biller, B.

Atuhaire, Fatumah, Currie, Christine S.M. and Hoyle, Rebecca B. (2024) Modeling the potential impact of community health volunteers in the diagnosis and treatment of buruli ulcer. Corlu, C.G., Hunter, S.R., Lam, H., Onggo, B.S., Shortle, J. and Biller, B. (eds.) In 2023 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2023. IEEE. pp. 1256-1267 . (doi:10.1109/WSC60868.2023.10408632).

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Abstract

Buruli ulcer (BU) is a debilitating disease affecting the skin, soft tissue, and bone. It is the third most common mycobacterial disease in humans. The mode of transmission is not fully understood, posing challenges in prevention, and delayed diagnosis. One effective approach to promote early diagnosis and treatment is the utilization of community health volunteers (CHVs) for active case-finding. In this study, we developed an agent-based model to investigate the impact of CHVs in referring BU patients for treatment. We compared the effects of two strategies: offering self-referral alone versus self-referral combined with CHVs, on the early diagnosis and treatment of BU. Our findings confirm previous knowledge that integrating CHVs in active case-finding leads to earlier detection of BU cases, decreasing the number of individuals recovering with major disabilities.

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Published date: 31 January 2024
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2023 IEEE.
Venue - Dates: 2023 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), , San Antonio, United States, 2023-12-10 - 2023-12-13

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Local EPrints ID: 488265
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/488265
ISSN: 0891-7736
PURE UUID: cd23ea69-aed5-44d1-9ccc-8efbc4042466
ORCID for Christine S.M. Currie: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7016-3652
ORCID for Rebecca B. Hoyle: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1645-1071

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Date deposited: 19 Mar 2024 17:48
Last modified: 24 May 2024 16:49

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Author: Fatumah Atuhaire
Editor: C.G. Corlu
Editor: S.R. Hunter
Editor: H. Lam
Editor: B.S. Onggo
Editor: J. Shortle
Editor: B. Biller

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