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Issue a boil-water advisory or wait for definitive information? A decision analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16779145     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Study the decision to issue a boil-water advisory in response to a spike in sales of diarrhea remedies or wait 72 hours for the results of definitive testing of water and people.
METHODS: Decision analysis.
RESULTS: In the base-case analysis, the optimal decision is test-and-wait. If the cost of issuing a boil-water advisory is less than 13.92 cents per person per day, the optimal decision is to issue the boil-water advisory immediately.
CONCLUSIONS: Decisions based on surveillance data that are suggestive but not conclusive about the existence of a disease outbreak can be modeled.
Michael M Wagner; Garrick L Wallstrom; Agnieszka Onisko
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1942-597X     ISO Abbreviation:  AMIA Annu Symp Proc     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-16     Completed Date:  2007-02-15     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101209213     Medline TA:  AMIA Annu Symp Proc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  774-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
RODS Laboratory, Center for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antidiarrheals / therapeutic use
Decision Support Techniques*
Diarrhea / prevention & control,  therapy
Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
Nonprescription Drugs / therapeutic use
Population Surveillance
Water / parasitology
Water Purification*
Water Supply*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antidiarrheals; 0/Nonprescription Drugs; 7732-18-5/Water

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