Data verification at health centers and district health offices in Xiengkhouang and Houaphanh Provinces, Lao PDR

Sychareun, Vanphanom, Hansana, Visanou, Phengsavanh, Alongkone, Chaleunvong, Kongmany, Eunyoung, Ko and Durham, Jo (2014) Data verification at health centers and district health offices in Xiengkhouang and Houaphanh Provinces, Lao PDR. BMC Health Services Research, 14 1: . doi:10.1186/1472-6963-14-255

Author Sychareun, Vanphanom
Hansana, Visanou
Phengsavanh, Alongkone
Chaleunvong, Kongmany
Eunyoung, Ko
Durham, Jo
Title Data verification at health centers and district health offices in Xiengkhouang and Houaphanh Provinces, Lao PDR
Journal name BMC Health Services Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-6963
Publication date 2014-06-14
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1472-6963-14-255
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 14
Issue 1
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Routine health information is an essential health system building block. In low and low-middle income countries however, concerns about the quality of routine administrative data have often undermined their use. The purpose of the present study was to verify the data availability, and consistency of six key maternal and child health indicators (first antenatal care, fourth antenatal care, skilled birth attendants, postnatal care, 'Bacillus Calmette Guerin and diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus third dose).
The study collected data for the identified indicators in 2011 from Xiengkhouang and Houaphanh provinces in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). The data came from health centres (N = 109), sub-districts (N = 26) and district health offices (N = 16). Core indicators were calculated using numerators and denominators from the different data sources at the district and health centre level and standardized statistical tests performed.
The study revealed that data for the six indicators were either not available or not complete in the service logbooks or registers in most of the health centres. Furthermore, few health centres kept the data for up to five years, often destroying it once the report had been sent to the district health office. In addition, there was limited numerator consistency between the different data sources.
Data on the six indicators collected and reported in the public health system across the two provinces lacked completeness, accuracy and consistency. To improve the quality of data, there is a need to train health centre staff in data collection and recording as well as ensuring there is adequate monitoring and supervision. A uniform national standardized form is also necessary with findings shared with district health offices and centres. Additionally, staff should be encouraged to own and value local data.
Keyword Data verification
Health information system
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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