Cluster Investigations in Non-Infectious Disease (FOCUS, Volume 5.4)

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Length:40 minutes
Description:This issue of FOCUS describes the basic steps involved in investigating non-infectious disease clusters, including how to decide whether to investigate at all.
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Learning Objectives

Training Personnel

Authors:

Jeanette K. Stehr-Green, MD

Paul A. Stehr-Green, DrPH, MPH

Alyssa Mansfield, MPH

FOCUS Workgroup

The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose. Author, narrator, reviewer affiliations listed were current at the time of training development.

Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed

This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)

Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 1
Characterize investigative processes (I.C.3)
Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 2
Select investigative processes (I.C.3)
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
2) Describes the characteristics of a population-based health problem (e.g. equity, social determinants, environment) (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
4) Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
4) Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs (6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)
Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations
Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies
2.5. Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.

Continuing Education Credit:

The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness offers the following continuing education credit/s on this training. Eligibility for all continuing education credit is determined on an annual basis.

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References

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Cartwright RA. Cluster investigations: are they worth it? Med J Aust. 1999;171:172. http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/171_4_160899/cartwright/cartwright.html

CDC. Guidelines for investigating clusters of health events. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1990;39(RR-11):1-16. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00001797.htm

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and ATSDR. Childhood Cancer Incidence Health Consultation: A Review and Analysis of Cancer Registry Data, 1979-1995 for Dover Township (Ocean County), New Jersey. 1997. http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/hhazweb/cansumm.pdf

Bender AP, Williams AN, Johnson RA, Jagger HG. Appropriate public health responses to clusters: the art of being responsibly responsive. Am J Epidemiol 1990;132:S48-S52.

Rothman KJ. A sobering start for the cluster busters' conference. Am J Epidemiol 1990;132:S6-S13.

Fischoff B, Lichtenstein S, Slovic P, et al. Acceptable Risk. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ Press; 1981.

Greenberg MR, Wartenberg D. Understanding mass media coverage of disease clusters. Am J Epidemiol 1990;132:S192-5.

Covello VT, Allen F. Seven Cardinal Rules of Risk Communication. Washington, DC: US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy Analysis; 1988. OPA publication 87-020.

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