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Completeness of Reporting: Capture–Recapture Methods in Public Health Surveillance

Ernest B. Hook and Ronald R. Regal

in Monitoring the Health of Populations

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780195146493
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864928 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146493.003.0013
Completeness of Reporting: Capture–Recapture Methods in Public Health Surveillance

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The initial goal of surveillance is to identify in a timely manner a trend of interest, or of concern, in prevalence or incidence that merits further field investigation. This chapter considers the possible use of capture-recapture methods for such a purpose. It argues that the use of capture-recapture analysis in timely surveillance analysis may be one of the few epidemiologic applications in which this approach may contribute to the ultimate goal of public health.

Keywords: public health monitoring; prevalence; capture-recapture analysis; surveillance analysis

Chapter.  7445 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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