South Africa - SMS Nudges as a Tool to Reduce Tuberculosis Treatment Delay and Pretreatment Loss to Follow-up: A Randomized Controlled Trial 2017-2018

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This is the microdataset used in the paper "SMS nudges as a tool to reduce Tuberculosis treatment delay and pretreatment loss to follow-up. A randomized controlled trial". We fielded two SMS interventions in three Cape Town clinics to see their effects on whether people returned to clinic, and how quickly. One was a simple reminder; the other aimed to overcome “optimism bias” by reminding people TB is curable and many millions die unnecessarily from it. Recruits were randomly assigned at the clinic level to a control group or one of the two SMS groups (1:2:2). In addition to estimating effects on the full sample, we also estimated effects on HIV-positive patients.

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Microdata
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Languages Supported: 
English
Geographical Coverage: 
South Africa
Reference ID: 
ZAF_2017_SMSTB-RCT_v01_M
Release Date: 
April 3, 2019

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Harvest Source: 
Microdata

Harvest Source ID

Harvest Source ID: 
10397

Last Updated

Last Updated: 
April 3, 2019
Study Type: 

Other Household Health Survey

Disclaimer: 
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
Funding Name, Abbreviation, Role: 
World Bank; South Africa Development Fund; WHO Strengthening Implementation Grant; Erasmus Trust Fund - Research for Health Impact in Africa; Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab; National Research Foundation SA
Primary Investigator Name, Affiliation: 
Adam Wagstaff - World Bank
Questionnaires: 
CAPI interview at recruitment was based on a long questionnaire only a few questions from which were used in the present study. The questionnaire is therefore not attached to the current dataset.
Sampling Procedure: 
Patients not already being treated for TB arriving in TB waiting rooms of 3 clinics. Aimed to recruit > 90% of new patients over recruitment period. Inclusion criteria: Adult, provided consent, not already on treatment, waiting for a TB test or just had a TB test. Exclusion criteria: Adult, refused consent, already on treatment, not waiting for a TB test or just had a TB test. Recruitment was from 2 October 2017 until 15 December 2017. Fieldworkers continued visiting clinics and phoning patients until mid-February 2018 to collect data on patients’ return-to-clinic date, test results and treatment start date.
Supervision: 
Multiple fieldworkers were used overseen by a project coordinator overseen in turn by co-PI Prof. Ronelle Burger. Fieldworkers collected initial and follow-up data in tablets, and uploaded the data to a central server. The project coordinator undertook the randomization to the control and two treatment groups as described in the paper.
Unit of Analysis: 
Patient

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Wagstaff, A. (World Bank), Ronelle Burger (Stellenbosch University), and Eddy Van Doorslaer (Erasmus University). 2019. SMS Nudges as a Tool to Reduce Tuberculosis Treatment Delay and Pretreatment Loss to Follow-up; A Randomized Controlled Trial (SMSTB-RCT) 2017-2018. REF: ZAF_2017_SMSTB-RCT_v01_M. Downloaded from [url] on [date].

This is the microdataset used in the paper "SMS nudges as a tool to reduce Tuberculosis treatment delay and pretreatment loss to follow-up. A randomized controlled trial". We fielded two SMS interventions in three Cape Town clinics to see their effects on whether people returned to clinic, and how quickly. One was a simple reminder; the other aimed to overcome “optimism bias” by reminding people TB is curable and many millions die unnecessarily from it. Recruits were randomly assigned at the clinic level to a control group or one of the two SMS groups (1:2:2). In addition to estimating effects on the full sample, we also estimated effects on HIV-positive patients.

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Reference ID: 
ZAF_2017_SMSTB-RCT_v01_M
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Languages Supported: 
Disclaimer: 
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
Supervision: 
Multiple fieldworkers were used overseen by a project coordinator overseen in turn by co-PI Prof. Ronelle Burger. Fieldworkers collected initial and follow-up data in tablets, and uploaded the data to a central server. The project coordinator undertook the randomization to the control and two treatment groups as described in the paper.
Primary Investigator Name, Affiliation: 
Adam Wagstaff - World Bank
Unit of Analysis: 
Patient
Geographical Coverage: 
Data Classification of a Dataset: 
Sampling Procedure: 
Patients not already being treated for TB arriving in TB waiting rooms of 3 clinics. Aimed to recruit > 90% of new patients over recruitment period. Inclusion criteria: Adult, provided consent, not already on treatment, waiting for a TB test or just had a TB test. Exclusion criteria: Adult, refused consent, already on treatment, not waiting for a TB test or just had a TB test. Recruitment was from 2 October 2017 until 15 December 2017. Fieldworkers continued visiting clinics and phoning patients until mid-February 2018 to collect data on patients’ return-to-clinic date, test results and treatment start date.
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Last Updated Date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Questionnaires: 
CAPI interview at recruitment was based on a long questionnaire only a few questions from which were used in the present study. The questionnaire is therefore not attached to the current dataset.
Harvest Source: 
Harvest Source ID: 
10397
Citation Text: 
Wagstaff, A. (World Bank), Ronelle Burger (Stellenbosch University), and Eddy Van Doorslaer (Erasmus University). 2019. SMS Nudges as a Tool to Reduce Tuberculosis Treatment Delay and Pretreatment Loss to Follow-up; A Randomized Controlled Trial (SMSTB-RCT) 2017-2018. REF: ZAF_2017_SMSTB-RCT_v01_M. Downloaded from [url] on [date].
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17989
Study Type: 
Other Household Health Survey
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