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BACKGROUND The usefulness of syndromic surveillance for early outbreak detection depends in part on effective statistical aberration detection. However, few published studies have compared different detection algorithms on identical data. In the largest simulation study conducted to date, we compared the performance of six aberration detection algorithms on(More)
1 The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the authors' institutions. We thank the following people for help and support: The most tangible result of the dialogue between survey methods research and cognitive psychology is the widespread use of think aloud methods for pre-testing questionnaires-so-called cognitive(More)
The Distributed Surveillance Taskforce for Real-time Influenza Burden Tracking and Evaluation (DiSTRIBuTE) project began as a pilot effort initiated by the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) in autumn 2006 to create a collaborative electronic emergency department (ED) syndromic influenza-like illness (ILI) surveillance network based on(More)
OBJECTIVE Standardized surveillance syndromes do not exist but would facilitate sharing data among surveillance systems and comparing the accuracy of existing systems. The objective of this study was to create reference syndrome definitions from a consensus of investigators who currently have or are building syndromic surveillance systems. DESIGN Clinical(More)
Several studies have suggested that the quality of coital data from diaries is superior to that collected by retrospective questionnaires. By collecting data over short intervals of time, diaries can present a more comprehensive picture of exposure, while minimizing the potential for recall bias. Despite these advantages, paper diaries have limited use(More)
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC. About ISDS The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 with a mission to improve population health by advancing the science and practice(More)
and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Objective This roundtable will provide a forum for the syndromic surveillance Community of Practice (CoP) to discuss the public health impacts from the ICD-10-CM conversion, and to support jurisdictional public health practices with this transition. It will be an opportunity to(More)
and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Objective To determine whether there were changes in alcohol-related emergency department (ED) visits in Washington State associated with statewide alcohol system deregulation. which closed state-owned and contracted liquor stores and opened the market for " hard liquor " sales in(More)
reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Objective To provide a forum for local, state, federal, and international public health/ health care sectors to share promising practices and lessons learned in transitioning their organizations in the use of ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes for their respective surveillance activities.(More)