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Title: Prospective evaluation of a complex public health intervention: Lessons from an initial and follow-up cross-sectional survey of the tuberculosis strain typing service in England
Authors: Mears, J
Abubakar, I
Crisp, D
Maguire, H
Innes, JA
Lilley, M
Lord, J
Cohen, T
Borgdorff, MW
Vynnycky, E
McHugh, TD
Sonnenberg, P
Keywords: Complex intervention;MIRU-VNTR;Service evaluation;Strain typing;Tuberculosis
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 14 (1): 1023, (2 October 2014)
Abstract: Background: The national tuberculosis strain typing service (TB-STS) was introduced in England in 2010. The TB-STS involves MIRU-VNTR typing of isolates from all TB patients for the prospective identification, reporting and investigation of TB strain typing clusters. As part of a mixed-method evaluation, we report on a repeated cross-sectional survey to illustrate the challenges surrounding the evaluation of a complex national public health intervention.
Description: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
ISSN: 1471-2458
Appears in Collections:Health Economics Research Group (HERG)

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