Additional Tools - User's Guides
PedNSS User's Guide
One or more documents on this Web page is available in Portable Document Format
(PDF). You will need Acrobat
Reader (a free application) to view and print these documents.
PedNSS User's Guide
This guide is intended for use by contributors of PedNSS data as a
reference for implementing the PedNSS in their state, tribal government, or
U.S. territory. It provides instructions on how to:
- structure a PedNSS record, comprised of multiple data fields, for an
- code each data field on the record,
- assemble and maintain the PNSS/PedNSS code file that defines the
contributorís geographic entities, such as clinics and local agencies,
that are referenced in the production of annual PedNSS reports for these
- submit transaction (data) files, comprised of multiple records, to
- obtain copies of contributor master files, CDCís cleaned and edited
versions of transaction files.
Basic Knowledge Needed to Use This Guide
This Guide assumes that contributors have a basic understanding of the
PedNSS. Contributors who are unfamiliar with the PedNSS are urged to review
the following sections on the CDC Pediatric and Pregnancy Nutrition
Surveillance Web site before proceeding to reference the PedNSS Userís
About PedNSS: provides a
description of the rational and characteristics of the PedNSS.
reviews the rationale and definition of the PedNSS health indicators, such
as low birthweight and overweight, derived from the PedNSS data submitted
Pediatric Data Tables: provides
an overview of the annual national PedNSS report, comprised of 21 data
tables, that present statistics on demographic distributions, prevalence of
health indicators, and related trends among children included in the
national PedNSS dataset (annual PedNSS reports for contributors present
reviews data quality indicators, and how to interpret and use the PedNSS
Record Volume and Data Quality report to improve data integrity.
Glossary: provides definitions for terms
used in the PedNSS and PNSS modules and userís guides.
PedNSS User's Guide Contents
- Section 1 - Record
Specifications (PDF - 131K)
- How to structure a PedNSS record, comprised of multiple data
fields, for an individual child -
This section reviews types of data fields on the PedNSS record, minimum
field requirements for PedNSS participation, and PedNSS record
specifications, i.e. the specific fields and their positions on the
- Section 2 - Field
Definitions, Codes, and Edits (PDF - 352K)
- How to code each data field on the PedNSS record -
This section reviews the definition, rationale, codes and edits for each
field on the PedNSS record.
- Section 3 - Code File
(PDF - 33K)
- How to assemble and maintain the PNSS/PedNSS code file that defines
the contributorís geographic entities, such as clinics and local
agencies, that are referenced in the production of annual PedNSS reports
for these entities -
This section reviews code file maintenance and submission, code file
specifications, i.e. the specific fields and their positions on the code
file, and related fields on the transaction (data) files.
- Section 4 - File
Submission (PDF - 573K)
- How to submit transaction (data) files, comprised of multiple
records, to CDC -
This section reviews the schedule for submitting transaction (data)
files and code files to CDC, modes of data transmission, including the
Internet, and how to encrypt personal identifiers.
- Section 5 - The Master
File (PDF - 24K)
- How to obtain copies of contributor master files, CDCís cleaned and
edited versions of transaction files -
This section provides an explanation of how the master file is built,
and instructions for requesting copies of CDC master files related to
submitted transaction files.
- Section 6 - Flow Chart
(PDF - 32K)
This section provides a diagram of clinic, state, tribal government,
U.S. territory, and CDC PNSS and PedNSS data management.
back to top