Disability Measurement for Lymphatic Filariasis: A Review of Generic Tools Used within Morbidity Management Programs

Lynne Zeldenryk, Susan Gordon, Marion Gray, Richard Speare, Wayne Melrose

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    Abstract

    Lymphatic filariasis (LF)-related disability affects 40 million people globally, making LF the leading cause of physical disability in the world. Despite this, there is limited research into how the impacts of LF-related disability are best measured. This article identifies the tools currently being used to measure LF-related disability and reviews their applicability against the known impacts of LF. The findings from the review show that the generic disability tools currently used by LF programs fail to measure the majority of known impacts of LF-related disability. The findings from the review support the development of an LF-specific disability measurement tool and raise doubt about the suitability of generic disability tools to assess disability related to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) globally.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere1768
    Pages (from-to)e1768
    Number of pages7
    JournalPlos Neglected Tropical Diseases
    Volume6
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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