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Table 1 Timelines for intervention implementation, outcome data collection and evaluation

From: Prescriber and patient-oriented behavioural interventions to improve use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Tanzania: facility-based cluster randomised trial

Intervention component/Data collection period Description of the evaluation period Timescales
Standard RDT training   18 Jan to 28 Jan 2011
RDT supply   22 Feb 2011 to 31 Jan 2012
 Evaluation period 1 Commenced following standard RDT training and RDT supply until the start of the interactive workshops 4 to 6 weeks
24 Feb to 3 April 2011
Interactive workshops   4 April to 18 May 2011
 Evaluation period 2 Commenced once the interactive workshops had been completed until the start of the feedback SMS approx 20 weeks
19 May to 9 Oct 2011
Feedback SMS   10 Oct 2011 to 12 Mar 2012
 Evaluation period 3 Commenced when the feedback SMS were introduced until the start of the motivational SMS 13 weeks
10 Oct 2011 to 8 Jan 2012
Motivational SMS   9 Jan to 12 Mar 2012
 Evaluation period 4 Commenced once the motivational SMS were introduced until the final exit survey 6 to 9 weeks
9 Jan to 12 Mar 2012
Final exit survey   22 Feb to 12 Mar 2012
Overall evaluation period Commenced following the introduction of the RDTs until the final exit survey 22 Feb 2011 to 12 Mar 2012
  1. RDT, rapid diagnostic test; SMS, mobile-phone text messages.