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PedNSS User's Guide


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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 individual child,
  • 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 entities,
  • submit transaction (data) files, comprised of multiple records, 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 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 Guide:

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

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.

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 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.


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 PedNSS record.
     
  • 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.

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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