Completed operational research projects
Operational research and mapping are required to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, or reach of available tools, in order to improve health programs and health outcomes. Research in this area can take many forms, including the use of spatial tools for efficient leprosy 'hot spot' detection. Other high priorities for the LRI are identifying the best case-finding methods in various settings, improving electronic data collection and surveillance, and improving detection and monitoring of drug resistance.
Severity scale for erythema nodosum leprosum
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL) is severe complication of leprosy which is associated with death and increased economic hardship. ENL is a difficult condition to treat and many affected individuals do not have access to safe, effective long term therapies. In order to determine which therapies are most effective, this study developed the ENLIST ENL Severity Scale which measures the severity of ENL before, during and at the end of treatment. This will enable future studies to compare different treatments.
Leprosy Field Research in Bangladesh
Examination of people in close contact with known leprosy cases is a very important way for identifying more new cases. The members of the same household and close neighbours are especially important because they are at greater risk of developing leprosy than the general population.
Earlier detection of leprosy
The Leprosy Mission Trust (India)
Many of the most important social and other factors that prevent people from being diagnosed early are still not well understood or implemented.This project has explored some of these factors and final results of this project are available.
Delays in diagnosis and treatment
International Nepal Fellowship
‘Delays’ are of critical importance in leprosy control work. The longer the delays, the greater the chance for a transmission of the disease to others and for lasting negative consequences upon the life of the individual: physically, socially, emotionally and economically.