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Findings from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists' 2008 assessment of state reportable and nationally notifiable conditions in the United States and considerations for the future.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21591479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CONTEXT: The State Reportable Conditions Assessment (SRCA) is an annual assessment of reporting requirements for reportable public health conditions. The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have gained valuable experience in developing a centralized repository of information about reportable conditions across US states and territories.
OBJECTIVE: This study examines the reporting status in states of nationally notifiable conditions used to inform public health and national surveillance initiatives.
DESIGN: Conditions included in SRCA are updated annually by using a Web-based tool created by the CSTE.
SETTING: SRCA information for 2008 was reported from all US states, 2 cities, and 4 territories.
PARTICIPANTS: Respondents included state or territorial epidemiologists (or designees) for reporting jurisdictions.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Conditions were classified as explicitly reportable, implicitly reportable, or not reportable. RESULTS were tabulated to determine reporting statistics for the conditions nationwide.
RESULTS: The SRCA included 101 conditions recommended for national notification: 93 (92%) were infectious conditions, and 8 (8%) were other (noninfectious or crosscutting) conditions. Of nationally notifiable infectious conditions, 61 (66%) were explicitly reportable in 90% or more jurisdictions; only 2 (25%) noninfectious or crosscutting nationally notifiable conditions were explicitly reportable in 90% or more jurisdictions. Furthermore, 3 nationally notifiable infectious conditions were explicitly reportable in less than 70% of jurisdictions.
CONCLUSIONS: Although most nationally notifiable conditions were explicitly reportable, we found that many of these conditions have implicit reporting authority in states. As notifiable condition surveillance moves toward an informatics-driven approach, automated electronic case-detection systems will need explicit information about what conditions are reportable. Future work should address the feasibility of standardizing the format of reportable disease lists and nomenclature used to facilitate data aggregation and interpretation across states.
Ruth Jajosky; Araceli Rey; Meeyoung Park; Aaron Aranas; Steven Macdonald; Lisa Ferland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1550-5022     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Manag Pract     Publication Date:    2011 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-18     Completed Date:  2011-09-12     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505213     Medline TA:  J Public Health Manag Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  255-64     Citation Subset:  T    
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MeSH Terms
Communicable Diseases / epidemiology*
Data Collection
Disease Notification / methods*
Epidemiologic Methods
Health Planning Councils
Population Surveillance*
United States
Grant Support
U60/CCU07277//PHS HHS

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