The Use of Surveys in Public Health Surveillance: Monitoring High-Risk Populations

William D. Kalsbeek

in Monitoring the Health of Populations

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780195146493
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864928 | DOI:
The Use of Surveys in Public Health Surveillance: Monitoring High-Risk Populations

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This chapter reviews the use of surveys and survey research in monitoring the well-being of the public and its constituencies and in identifying groups at increased risk for adverse health outcomes. The second section describes the use of surveys as tools of the public health surveillance system for identifying and monitoring people at increased risk. The third section discusses the selection of subjects to be monitored, as well as the design and implementation of surveys and some of the statistical problems related to the interpretation of survey data. The fourth section explores several issues that nonresponse and measurement errors raise for survey surveillance systems and reviews methods for dealing with these issues. The final section briefly describes event-related surveillance of world events that pose serious health risks.

Keywords: survey research; survey methods; public health monitoring; public health practice; nonresponse; measurement errors; event-related surveillance

Chapter.  12815 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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