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Table 1 Recommendations for implementing a drug resistance survey

From: Implementation of a national anti-tuberculosis drug resistance survey in Tanzania

Ensure ongoing commitment for the study from key stakeholders
Train personnel only when the study can start directly after the training
Prepare detailed SOPs at the laboratory including recording procedures
Make cluster-specific arrangements for sample shipmen
Ensure enough personnel to perform monitoring visits right from the start
Ensure availability of all required laboratory equipment in relation to specimen load.
Pre-test data capture forms
Train or retrain data entry clerks in study-specific procedures
Involve an experienced data manager for ongoing data management
Ensure early and regular transport of strains for rechecking to the supra-national laboratory
Ensure collaboration with a research institutions to adequately make use of available resources