Impediments to public health surveillance in the 1990s: The lack of resources and the need for priorities

Michael T. Osterholm, Guthrie S. Birkhead, Rebecca A. Meriwether

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Abstract

With the increased demand for public health surveillance data comes the development of new surveillance systemsand the expansion of existing systems. A corresponding increase in financial and personnel resources to support data collection, particularly at the local public health department level, has been documented. Adequate and timely surveillancedata are critical to both overall public health program design and evaluation and to meet emerging surveillance needs. ithout an emphasis placed on priorities and resources for public health surveillance, the foundation upon which public halth decisions are based is threatened.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

Keywords

  • Notifiable diseases
  • Public health
  • Surveillance systems

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