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Table 1 Tools, methods and description of information collected in the trial

From: A randomised trial of point-of-care tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea infections in remote Aboriginal communities: Test, Treat ANd GO- the “TTANGO” trial protocol

Tool Method and frequency Description of data collected
Site assessment tool • Completed by TTANGO Coordinators at baseline, and updated 6 monthly in all health services. Broad description of:
(i) Clinical services and staffing
(ii) STI testing practices
(iii) Patient information system
(iv) Clinic setting as it relates to location of GeneXpert machine and consumables
Clinical data (quantitative) • Collated from one or more of the following sources: (i) Patient consultation data and associated demographics
(i) Health service patient information management systems (ii) STI testing (point of care and laboratory), retesting and treatment outcomes
(ii) Laboratory data
• Extracted 3 monthly for all health services
Quality management data • Services record results of EQA and forward to coordinators, • External quality assurance and internal quality control test results
• twice during POC phase • Temperature range of consumables during transport
• Internal quality control testing, once per month • Multiple choice quiz and observed practice against competency standards
• Temperature monitoring of test consumables during transport
• Knowledge and competency assessment of staff following training in GeneXpert usage
Surveys (quantitative) • Staff acceptability survey at end of POC phase • Confidence using the test; satisfaction with training; trust in the results; ease of use; experience of discordant results; and impact on health service operations.
• Client acceptability survey, with attending clients in last month of POC phase
• Preference for testing modality (POC test vs conventional); convenience; satisfaction with test process and communication of results
In-depth interviews (qualitative) • Stakeholders (national) • Challenges and implications of introducing POC testing
• Stakeholders (national and international) • Quality management and training considerations
  • Health service staff • Acceptability