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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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GIMENEZ, Edgar; AGUILAR, Gloria; SAMUDIO, Tania  and  FLORES, Laura. Quality and use of information to improve the national response to HIV / AIDS. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2018, vol.51, n.2, pp.55-68. ISSN 1816-8949.

The purpose of any routine health information system is the adequate and timely use of the information it produces to improve the health of the population. Its performance depends on processes determined by technical, organizational and behavioral factors. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of the routine HIV AIDS information system in the public health system of Paraguay. To this end, a descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out during 2016, applying a standard evaluation questionnaire according to the PRISM model. 154 health sector workers from 76 public health establishments in 4 health regions were included, through sampling based on batch quality assurance. The results indicated that the use of the information was 25.8% and that the quality of the data was 75.6%. The processes of collection, presentation, feedback and analysis of the data presented low performance. Among the determinants, low performance was identified in the following factors: a) the level of knowledge of the forms and the ability to solve problems; b) use of software; and c) data management. The promotion of the information culture was 75.8%. In conclusion, it is demonstrated that quality does not guarantee the use of information, that it is not linked to decision-making and that in order to revert low performance it is necessary to develop capacities and influence the identified determinants.

Keywords : Routine health information system; PRISM; OBAT; HIV; Paraguay.

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