Definition of Public Health Laboratory Core Capacities for Infectious Disease Surveillance: Final Report
The purpose of this study was to ease the process of developing a consensus definition of core capacities for infectious disease surveillance starting with public health laboratories, public health units, and core capabilities for infectious disease surveillance. Health departments have used grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to hire and train additional epidemiologists and laboratorians, acquire laboratory technology, and upgrade communications and information technology. Assessing the adequacy of these investments has been constrained by a lack of consensus as to what state and local health departments required to conduct infectious disease surveillance. The consensus-building workshop format implemented in this study proved effective in eliciting constructive discussion among a diverse array of stakeholders regarding surveillance for drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae. Workshop participants were generally supportive of the format as a mechanism for discussing and arriving at consensus regarding surveillance options. The report concludes that the consensus-building workshop methodology would likely prove as effective in similar consensus-building discussions of the set of core capacities required for other emerging infectious disease surveillance systems.
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