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PNSS User's Guide


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PNSS User's Guide

This guide is intended for use by contributors of PNSS data as a reference for implementing the PNSS in their state, tribal government, or U.S. territory. It provides instructions on how to:

  • structure a PNSS record, comprised of multiple data fields from the prenatal and the postpartum visits, for an individual woman,
  • 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 PNSS reports for these entities,
  • submit transaction (data) files, containing PNSS records for multiple women, to CDC, and
  • 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 PNSS. 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 PNSS Userís Guide:

About PNSS: provides a description of the rational and characteristics of the PNSS.

Health Indicators: reviews the rationale and definition of the PedNSS health indicators, such as low birthweight and overweight, derived from the PedNSS data submitted by contributors.

Pregnancy Data Tables: provides an overview of the annual national PNSS report, comprised of 23 data tables, that present statistics on demographic distributions, prevalence of health indicators, and related trends among women included in the national PNSS dataset (annual PNSS reports for contributors present similar statistics.)

Data Quality: 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.


PNSS User's Guide Contents

  • Section 1 - Record Specifications (PDF 245K)

    - How to structure a PNSS record, comprised of multiple data fields from the prenatal and the postpartum visits, for an individual woman -

    This section reviews types of data fields on the PNSS record, minimum field requirements for PNSS participation, and PNSS record specifications, i.e. the specific fields and their positions on the PNSS record.
     
  • Section 2 - Field Definitions, Codes and Edits (PDF 649K)

    - How to code each data field on the PNSS record -


    This section reviews the definition, rationale, codes and edits for each field on the PNSS record.
     
  • Section 3 - PNSS/PedNSS Code File (PDF 168K)

    - 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 PNSS 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 587K)

    - 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 33K)

    - 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.

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This page last updated November 04, 2009

United States Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity