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Principles & Practice of Public Health Surveillance$
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Lisa M. Lee, Steven M. Teutsch, Stephen B. Thacker, and Michael E. St. Louis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372922.001.0001

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Collecting Public Health Surveillance Data: Creating a Surveillance System

Collecting Public Health Surveillance Data: Creating a Surveillance System

(p.44) 4 Collecting Public Health Surveillance Data: Creating a Surveillance System
Principles & Practice of Public Health Surveillance

M. Kathleen Glynn

Lorraine C. Backer

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the implementation of the decision to design a public health surveillance system. The first step involves establishing a clear purpose for the surveillance system consistent with public health surveillance principles. It emphasizes the importance of a clear case definition for key variables in the system; knowledge and articulation of the population under surveillance; explication of duration, timeliness, and frequency of data collection; identification of required data elements and the sources of these data; explication of data storage and sharing plans; ways to ensure data quality; and the critical need to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the data entrusted to public health.

Keywords:   system design, surveillance, public health, case definition, population, data elements, storage, data quality, privacy

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