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ABSTRACTMicroscopy of stained blood films is essential for the diagnosis of malaria, differentiation of parasite species, and estimation of parasite density performed for assessments of antimalarial drug efficacy. The accuracy and comparability of these measures over time and space are vital to discern the emergence or spread of antimalarial drug resistance. Although evidence-based guidelines for malaria microscopy methods exist, the age-old microscopy techniques for parasitological assessments are subject to considerable methodological variations. The purpose of this review was to explore critically how microscopy methods were reported in published malarial studies between 2013 and 2017 with the focus on outlining the methodological differences and improving reporting standards in practice.

Original publication

DOI

10.4269/ajtmh.20-1219

Type

Journal article

Journal

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Publisher

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Publication Date

03/03/2021

Volume

104

Pages

836 - 841