Disease surveillance methods used in the 8-site MAL-ED cohort study

Stephanie A. Richard, Leah J. Barrett, Richard L. Guerrant, William Checkley, Pablo Penataro Yori

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Abstract

Describing the early life associations between infectious disease episodes and growth, cognitive development, and vaccine response in the first 2 years of life is one of the primary goals of the Etiology, Risk Factors and Interactions of Enteric Infections and Malnutrition and the Consequences for Child Health and Development (MAL-ED) cohort study. To collect high-resolution data during a critical early period of development, field staff visit each study participant at their house twice weekly from birth to 2 years of age to collect daily reported illness and treatment data from caregivers. Detailed infectious disease histories will not only allow us to relate the overall burden of infectious disease with the primary outcomes of the study, but will also allow us to describe the ages at which infectious diseases have the greatest effect on child health. In addition, twice-weekly visits allow for sample collection when diarrhea episodes are identified. This article describes the methods used to collect illness and treatment history data and discusses the a priori definitions of diarrhea and acute lower respiratory illness episodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S220-S224
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume59
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

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Communicable Diseases
Cohort Studies
Diarrhea
Staff Development
Child Development
Growth and Development
Malnutrition
Caregivers
Vaccines
History
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Parturition
Therapeutics
Infection
Child Health

Keywords

  • diarrhea
  • infectious disease
  • MAL-ED
  • respiratory infection
  • surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Medicine(all)

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Richard, S. A., Barrett, L. J., Guerrant, R. L., Checkley, W., & Penataro Yori, P. (2014). Disease surveillance methods used in the 8-site MAL-ED cohort study. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 59, S220-S224. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciu435

Disease surveillance methods used in the 8-site MAL-ED cohort study. / Richard, Stephanie A.; Barrett, Leah J.; Guerrant, Richard L.; Checkley, William; Penataro Yori, Pablo.

In: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 59, 01.11.2014, p. S220-S224.

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Richard, Stephanie A. ; Barrett, Leah J. ; Guerrant, Richard L. ; Checkley, William ; Penataro Yori, Pablo. / Disease surveillance methods used in the 8-site MAL-ED cohort study. In: Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2014 ; Vol. 59. pp. S220-S224.
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