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Context enrichment of health risk surveillance data for use and application: conceptual considerations from an Australian perspective.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16003914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Increasing the relevance of health surveillance data for use and application remains a critical issue among users and stakeholders. However methods for displaying and communicating health risk data could do more to enrich these data for use and application. There is too much focus on developers, users and stakeholders and not enough focus on pathway models of disease and health. A greater focus on pathway models would help detail a wider explanation of the health problems across sectors and encourage better acceptance of responsibility for their occurrence within other sectors. Contextual enrichment of health data would encourage a shared theory among these players that would permit greater use and application. Better use of data and its translation into information and increased policy traction are likely to be achieved through processes that effectively: (1) establish a shared theoretical base for risk behaviour surveillance; (2) deliver data about the health and developmental status of individuals living in contexts over time; (3) maintain a systems approach to monitoring and surveillance that builds capacity for development, ownership, access to and dissemination of the data outside of the health system and (4) achieve sustainable partnerships that produce more intersectoral engagement.
Stephen R Zubrick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sozial- und Präventivmedizin     Volume:  50 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0303-8408     ISO Abbreviation:  Soz Praventivmed     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-11     Completed Date:  2005-12-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502479     Medline TA:  Soz Praventivmed     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S16-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Curtin University of Technology Centre for Developmental Health, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, West Perth, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Data Collection
Health Education / trends
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Status Indicators*
Morbidity / trends
Population Surveillance*
Social Justice
Socioeconomic Factors
Systems Theory

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