Integrating public health frameworks and research tools for breakthroughs in TB control: insights from the Bandung TB research group, West Java, Indonesia
Public health frameworks are used to facilitate responses to public health problems, such as disease outbreaks. They often require the collection of a variety of different types of data, sometimes at pace and not necessarily done with the same rigour as a formal research study. To make breakthroughs in TB control researchers often conduct epidemiological studies that are focused on, for example, evaluating the efficacy of a particular tool such as one used to conduct active case finding. These, and even pragmatic trials only take us so far in relation to putting new tools into wider system contexts. The introduction of new tools into a system (sometimes referred to by researchers as ‘implementation science’) has complexities, including whether they were a good idea for a particular system in the first place. Rigorous research tools, including randomised trial methodologies, do not need to be abandoned in these processes. In this talk, Professor Philip Hill will discuss how they have been integrating public health frameworks and rigorous research tools towards understanding and intervening in TB control systems in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Professor Philip Hill will also summarise other research and research capacity-building highlights from this major collaboration.
Professor Philip Hill, Otago Medical School