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Development of a semi-quantitative evaluation system for surveillance of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, using the analytic hierarchy process.
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PMID:  21309448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Evaluating surveillance results is important in estimating the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cases in a particular country, or in countries from which products are imported. Although various methods have been proposed for quantitative evaluation of surveillance results, no methods focusing on surveillance from a qualitative perspective have yet been established. The authors have developed an objective method for evaluating the qualitative aspects of BSE surveillance, based on the analytic hierarchy process. Factors related to surveillance credibility were selected through expert meetings and arranged in a hierarchical structure. These evaluation factors were also weighted, so that a points system could be used for evaluation. As a result, 13 evaluation factors comprising three-layer hierarchies were generated. When surveillance in Japan before and after a BSE case was evaluated using this evaluation system, an improvement in the quality of the surveillance was observed after the outbreak. Although this study suggests that the selection of the experts had a significant effect on the outcome, the authors believe that this method will also be applicable for establishing qualitative evaluation systems for other diseases.
T Ohashi; K Sugiyama; Y Koba; A Hasegawa; T Yamamoto; T Tsutsui
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics)     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0253-1933     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev. - Off. Int. Epizoot.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8712301     Medline TA:  Rev Sci Tech     Country:  France    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  473-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Social System Research Division, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., 3-6, Otemachi 2-chome Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8141, Japan.
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