Public Health Surveillance Systems

529 Words Feb 1st, 2018 2 Pages
What are the requirements; 2. Its potential functions; 3. Potential ethical issues; and 4. Its application/ usefulness in public health practices/ investigations.
Public health surveillance is the continuous, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice (WHO. n. d.). the following context will separately describe the system in terms of requirements, potential functions, potential ethical issues and the application in public health investigations.
 The requirements
Organized surveillance requires collection of data, analysis of data, interpretation, dissemination of data and link to public health action.
 The potential functions
The function of surveillance are describing and supervising health events, priorities setting, planning assistance, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions and programs.
 The potential ethical issues
The origin of significant potential ethical issues should be data collection and usage of surveillance and registry data, including loss of secrecy and the harm result of violation of confidentiality.
 The application in public health investigation
There are three main applications in public health investigation. Firstly, supervising health events include detecting sudden changes in disease incidence and distribution, following long-term trends and factors…
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