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External quality assessment of smear microscopy by the National Reference Laboratory in nine states of India

Kumar, V and Raghavan, R and Nagamiah, S and Chauhan, L S (2009) External quality assessment of smear microscopy by the National Reference Laboratory in nine states of India. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 13 (9). pp. 1183-1185. ISSN Print: 1027-3719; Online: 1815-7920

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Abstract

The quality of sputum smear microscopy in nine Intermediate Reference Laboratories (IRLs) was assessed based on onsite evaluation conducted by the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) in India, which supervises the IRLs for external quality assessment. The IRLs were evaluated, problems were identifi ed, causes were explored and remedial actions were suggested. The NRL reports and feedback from the states were evaluated. Of the corrective actions recommended during the initial NRL evaluation visits, 65% were implemented within a month. Subsequent visits to seven IRLs showed 80% improvement. The NRL suggestions resulted in immediate corrective actions and had a sustained impact.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: onsite evaluation; panel testing; random blinded rechecking; EQA
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Laboratory Research > Immunological
Tuberculosis
Divisions: Basic Science Research > Immunology
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 10:14
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 10:14
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/970

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