Table 3

Perceived advantages and disadvantages regarding the revised dengue case classification (N = 1413 comments in 1288 staff questionnaires)

Advantages of the revised classification

N (%)


It helps improving management and treatment

319 (22.6%)

More simple and practical

199 (14.0%)

Easier to classify according to severity

176 (12.6%)

Easier to understand

71 (5.0%)

It helps improving triage and referral

45 (3.2%)

No disadvantages of the revised classification

191 (13.5%)

Other advantages

72 (5.0%)


Total of positive responses

1073(75.9%)


Disadvantages of the revised classification

N (%)


No advantages of the revised classification

25 (1.8%)

Needs more training and dissemination

67 (4.7%)

It's less specific. Needs more clinical entities and concise protocols

54 (3.8%)

Lack of manpower and resources

45 (3.2%)

Over diagnosis of dengue (saturation of hospitals)

32 (2.3%)

Warning signs: Too many, subjective, also in other diseases

24 (1.7%)

Lack of laboratory support

10 (0.7%)

Other disadvantages

83 (5.9%)


Total of negative responses

340(24.1%)


Barniol et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2011 11:106   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-11-106

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