The epidemiology of blood product utilisation in the eThekwini district from 2006 to 2008

Thameshree Naidu, Stephen Knight


The study will use both qualitative and quantitative methods to describe blood use and possible trends in the eThekwini health district during the period 2006 to 2008. The study will describe who uses blood products, why it is being used, where it is most likely to be used and whether it is being used appropriately.

Data from the entire study population will be used for the quantitative methods using secondary data from the South African National Blood Service database. Qualitative methods will be used to assess clinician perceptions of appropriateness of blood prescribing. The data collection will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks while data cleaning, transfer to standardized data capture sheet and analysis will probably take 12 to 15 weeks due to the large volume of data. The report writing is likely to take 4 to 6 weeks.