Measuring management's perspective of data quality in Pakistan's Tuberculosis control programme: A test-based approach to identify data quality dimensions

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Background: Data quality is core theme of programme's performance assessment and many organizations do not have any data quality improvement strategy, wherein data quality dimensions and data quality assessment framework are important constituents. As there is limited published research about the data quality specifics that are relevant to the context of Pakistan's Tuberculosis control programme, this study aims at identifying the applicable data quality dimensions by using the 'fitness-for-purpose' perspective. Results: Forty-two respondents pooled a total of 473 years of professional experience, out of which 223 years (47%) were in TB control related programmes. Based on the responses against 11 practical cases, adopted from the routine recording and reporting system of Pakistan's TB control programme (real identities of patient were masked), completeness, accuracy, consistency, vagueness, uniqueness and timeliness are the applicable data quality dimensions relevant to the programme's context, i.e. work settings and field of practice. Conclusion: Based on a 'fitness-for-purpose' approach to data quality, this study used a test-based approach to measure management's perspective and identified data quality dimensions pertinent to the programme and country specific requirements. Implementation of a data quality improvement strategy and achieving enhanced data quality would greatly help organizations in promoting data use for informed decision making.




Ali, S. M., Anjum, N., Kamel Boulos, M. N., Ishaq, M., Aamir, J., & Haider, G. R. (2018). Measuring management’s perspective of data quality in Pakistan’s Tuberculosis control programme: A test-based approach to identify data quality dimensions. BMC Research Notes, 11(1).

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