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Volume 6: No. 2, April 2009

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Novel Approach, Using End-of-Life Issues, for Identifying Items for Public Health Surveillance

The figure depicts a series of 7 boxes, which arranged linearly so that the read from top to bottom. Each box is connected with the box beneath it with a downward-pointing arrow.

The first box reads, “Identify need and purpose of surveillance data,” and it is connected with box 2, which is positioned directly below it. The second box reads, “Convene panel of experts in content and survey methods,” and it is connected with box 3, which is positioned directly below it. The third box reads, “Identify and prioritize topics for public health surveillance,” and it is connected with box 4, which is positioned directly below it. The fourth box reads, “Gather a wide range of survey instruments for review from experts and by searching published and gray literatures, and Internet,” and it is connected with box 5, which is positioned directly below it. The fifth box reads, “Develop abstraction tool for review of surveys and survey items,” and it is connected with box 6, which is positioned directly below it. The sixth box reads, “Abstract and characterize surveys and survey items according to topics,” and it is connected with box 7, which is positioned directly below it. The seventh and final box reads, “Select items that will meet needs for surveillance and identify gaps where new items need to be developed.”

Figure. Step-by-step method for identifying potential survey items for public health surveillance from existing surveys.

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