Factors Affecting the Transition from Paper to Digital Data Collection for Mobile Tuberculosis Active Case Finding in Low Internet Access Settings in Pakistan


C Mergenthaler, J Mathewson, A Latif, H Tahir, V Meurrens, A van Werle, A Rashid, M Tariq, T Ahmed , F Naureen, E Rood

Between September 2020 and March 2021, Mercy Corps piloted hybrid digital (CAPI) and paper-based (PAPI) data collection as part of its tuberculosis active case finding strategy. Data were collected using CAPI and PAPI at 140 TB chest camps in low Internet access areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces in Pakistan. To assess the feasibility of this hybrid approach, quality of digital records were measured against the paper “gold standard”, and user acceptance was evaluated through focus group discussions.