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Article: A profile of the online dissemination of national influenza surveillance data

TitleA profile of the online dissemination of national influenza surveillance data
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Issue Date2009
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/
Citation
BMC Public Health, 2009, v. 9, article no. 339 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: Influenza surveillance systems provide important and timely information to health service providers on trends in the circulation of influenza virus and other upper respiratory tract infections. Online dissemination of surveillance data is useful for risk communication to health care professionals, the media and the general public. We reviewed national influenza surveillance websites from around the world to describe the main features of surveillance data dissemination. METHODS: We searched for national influenza surveillance websites for every country and reviewed the resulting sites where available during the period from November 2008 through February 2009. Literature about influenza surveillance was searched at MEDLINE for relevant hyperlinks to related websites. Non-English websites were translated into English using human translators or Google language tools. RESULTS: A total of 70 national influenza surveillance websites were identified. The percentage of developing countries with surveillance websites was lower than that of developed countries (22% versus 57% respectively). Most of the websites (74%) were in English or provided an English version. The most common surveillance methods included influenza-like illness consultation rates in primary care settings (89%) and laboratory surveillance (44%). Most websites (70%) provided data within a static report format and 66% of the websites provided data with at least weekly resolution. CONCLUSION: Appropriate dissemination of surveillance data is important to maximize the utility of collected data. There may be room for improvement in the style and content of the dissemination of influenza data to health care professionals and the general public.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86736
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.372
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Hong Kong SAR08070662
Area of Excellence Scheme of the University Grants CommitteeAoE/M-12/06
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This work has received financial support from the Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Disease, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR (grant no. 08070662), and from the Area of Excellence Scheme of the University Grants Committee (grant no. AoE/M-12/06).

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dc.contributor.authorCheng, CKYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLau, EHYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorIp, DKMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYeung, ASYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, LMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCowling, BJen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:20:42Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:20:42Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health, 2009, v. 9, article no. 339en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86736-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Influenza surveillance systems provide important and timely information to health service providers on trends in the circulation of influenza virus and other upper respiratory tract infections. Online dissemination of surveillance data is useful for risk communication to health care professionals, the media and the general public. We reviewed national influenza surveillance websites from around the world to describe the main features of surveillance data dissemination. METHODS: We searched for national influenza surveillance websites for every country and reviewed the resulting sites where available during the period from November 2008 through February 2009. Literature about influenza surveillance was searched at MEDLINE for relevant hyperlinks to related websites. Non-English websites were translated into English using human translators or Google language tools. RESULTS: A total of 70 national influenza surveillance websites were identified. The percentage of developing countries with surveillance websites was lower than that of developed countries (22% versus 57% respectively). Most of the websites (74%) were in English or provided an English version. The most common surveillance methods included influenza-like illness consultation rates in primary care settings (89%) and laboratory surveillance (44%). Most websites (70%) provided data within a static report format and 66% of the websites provided data with at least weekly resolution. CONCLUSION: Appropriate dissemination of surveillance data is important to maximize the utility of collected data. There may be room for improvement in the style and content of the dissemination of influenza data to health care professionals and the general public.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/en_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong Licenseen_HK
dc.subject.meshInfluenza, Human - microbiology - prevention and control-
dc.subject.meshInformation Dissemination-
dc.subject.meshInternet-
dc.subject.meshOnline Systems-
dc.subject.meshPopulation Surveillance - methods-
dc.titleA profile of the online dissemination of national influenza surveillance dataen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1471-2458&volume=9&spage=339&epage=&date=2009&atitle=A+profile+of+the+online+dissemination+of+national+influenza+surveillance+dataen_HK
dc.identifier.emailCheng, CKY: kyccheng@graduate.hku.hk, chengkyc@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLau, EHY: ehylau@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailIp, DKM: dkmip@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailYeung, ASY: alfredsyyeung@gmail.com-
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dc.identifier.emailCowling, BJ: bcowling@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2458-9-339en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume9, article no. 339en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
dc.relation.projectControl of Pandemic and Inter-pandemic Influenza-
dc.relation.projectDigital dashboard design for public health surveillance-
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