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Table 4 Implications for public health policy and practice

From: A scoping review on the field validation and implementation of rapid diagnostic tests for vector-borne and other infectious diseases of poverty in urban areas

• Take context into account when deciding on the use of rapid diagnostics, as performance, impact, and implementation outcomes are highly variable.
• Consider the beliefs of communities and providers before implementing rapid diagnostics.
• Confirm that rapid diagnostics are feasible to implement in representative contexts before rolling out.
• Burden of work to providers, sustainability of supplies, training, and routine quality assessment are key factors to be considered before implementation.
• Invest in pragmatic evaluation before, during, and after implementation.