Table 1

Important pathogens identified
Important pathogens identified
Ranking scores Proportional piling scores
Overall rank Pathogen Interview Focus Group Mean Pathogen Interview Focus group Mean
1 Salmonella 5 4 2 5 5 4.2 Campylobacter 27 15 21 21.5 21.1
2 Campylobacter 4 5 3 4 3 3.8 E. coli 0 31 30 15.5 19.1
3 E. coli 1 1 5 1 1 1.8 Salmonella 0 14 16 22.5 13.1
4 Giardia 3 2 1 0 0 1.2 Giardia 23 5 12 0 10
5 Norovirus 0 0 0 3 3 1.2 Listeria 0 0 21 17.5 9.6
6 Cryptosporidium 2 1 0 2 0 1 Typhoid 36 0 0 0 9
7 Hepatitis A 0 0 4 0 0 0.8 Hepatitis A 0 30 0 0 7.5
8 Listeria 0 0 0 0 3 0.6 Norovirus 0 0 0 24 6
9 Typhoid 0 0 0 0 0 0 Amoeba 14 0 0 0 3.5
10 Amoeba 0 0 0 0 0 0 Cryptosproidium 0 5 0 0 1.3

Using scores obtained from ranking and proportional piling activities, average scores were calculated. Interview and focus group ranks were on a scale of 0 to 5, where 5 was the rank for the most important pathogen. Interview and focus group piling scores were on a scale of 0 to 100, where a higher score was considered a more important pathogen. Using the average rank and piling score, the pathogens were ranked as most important (rank of 1) to least important (rank of 10). The same four pathogens were ranked in the top 4 for both activities.

Harding et al.

Harding et al. BMC Public Health 2014 14:405   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-405

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