ResearchPad - chemists Default RSS Feed en-us © 2020 Newgen KnowledgeWorks <![CDATA[Thoughts on What Chemists Can Contribute to Fighting SARS‐CoV‐2 – A Short Note on Hand Sanitizers, Drug Candidates and Outreach]]> Chemists helping local communities: The SARS‐CoV‐2 outbreak causing the respiratory disease COVID‐19 has had a major impact on society. Where can chemists help in this hour of need? From preparing hand sanitizers, to working on antiviral drug candidates, and providing fact‐based outreach in collaboration with their chemical societies are options discussed in this contribution.

<![CDATA[Predicting the impact of patient and private provider behavior on diagnostic delay for pulmonary tuberculosis patients in India: A simulation modeling study]]> India contributes more than a quarter of the 10 million global tuberculosis (TB) cases every year.Several studies capture long, circuitous care pathways followed by TB patients until their diagnosis. However, these studies do not quantify the link between diagnostic delay and underlying patient and provider behavior characteristics.What did the researchers do and find?We developed a quantitative simulation model to estimate the impact of behavioral characteristics of patients and providers on diagnostic delay and estimated the parameters of this model using data from detailed interviews of 76 patients from Mumbai and 64 patients from Patna.We found that earlier test ordering by providers would yield a much larger reduction in diagnostic delay than increasing their diagnostic accuracy.What do these findings mean?Policy-makers and implementing agencies should encourage early test ordering behavior by providers to reduce diagnostic delay, and, consequently, to reduce disease transmission. ]]>