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

Fee:None
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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This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415).
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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. (Please note: The competencies included on this site are just a few of the public health competencies which have been established. Training participants may find alignment between this training and other competency sets not included on this site.)

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 Tier 1
6A3. Describes how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (6: Public Health Science Skills)
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 2
6B3. Applies public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (6: Public Health Science 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.

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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