Enhanced training for those who collect specimens for COVID-19 testing can help increase the accuracy of diagnostic results, according to a new study led by SFU health sciences PhD student Natalie Kinloch.
Kinloch, a Vanier scholar and research assistant at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, worked with health sciences professor Zabrina Brumme and UBC professor Christopher Lowe, to compare two groups of nasopharyngeal swabs submitted for COVID-19 testing in BC. They examined 40 swabs from presumed or confirmed COVID-19 cases that had yielded false negative test results, along with a control group of 87 swabs submitted to the same lab for testing.
The researchers’ suggestion that augmented training for health care professionals could help improve testing accuracy is already having real-world impact. For instance, Providence Health Care recently created a training video on proper swab collection.
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