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Evaluation of a syndromic surveillance for the early detection of outbreaks among military personnel in a tropical country

Jefferson, H., Dupuy, B., Chaudet, H., Texier, G., Green, A., Barnish, Guy, Boutin, J. P. and Meynard, J. B. (2008) 'Evaluation of a syndromic surveillance for the early detection of outbreaks among military personnel in a tropical country'. Journal of Public Health, Vol 30, Issue 4, pp. 375-383.

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To evaluate a new military syndromic surveillance system (2SE FAG) set up in French Guiana.
The evaluation was made using the current framework published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA. Two groups of system stakeholders, for data input and data analysis, were interviewed using semi-structured questionnaires to assess timeliness, data quality, acceptability, usefulness, stability, portability and flexibility of the system. Validity was assessed by comparing the syndromic system with the routine traditional weekly surveillance system.
Qualitative data showed a degree of poor acceptability among people who have to enter data. Timeliness analysis showed excellent case processing time, hindered by delays in case reporting. Analysis of stability indicated a high level of technical problems. System flexibility was found to be high. Quantitative data analysis of validity indicated better agreement between syndromic and traditional surveillance when reporting on dengue fever cases as opposed to other diseases.
The sophisticated technical design of 2SE FAG has resulted in a system which is able to carry out its role as an early warning system. Efforts must be concentrated on increasing its acceptance and use by people who have to enter data and decreasing the occurrence of the frequency of technical problems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: time epidemiologic surveillance systems disease
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 100 General works
WA Public Health > Statistics. Surveys > WA 950 Theory or methods of medical statistics. Epidemiologic methods
WC Communicable Diseases > WC 20 Research (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Disease Control Strategy Group
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Depositing User: Tina Bowers
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2010 15:08
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:00


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