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Guidelines for the investigation of clusters of non-communicable health events

Description

A cluster is defined as a greater than expected number of health events in a group of people, geographic area and time period. Suspected clusters of non-communicable or chronic disease health events such as birth defects, multiple sclerosis, or cancer are often reported by community members or representatives and typically result from a perceived environmental or occupational association. Following the report of a suspected cluster, public health officials evaluate the situation and initiate a response. Previous non-communicable disease cluster investigations in Alberta have been performed on a case-by-case basis. The absence of a standardized Alberta-specific document has occasionally created confusion making stakeholder communication and education very difficult. The Guidelines outlined in this resource were developed to apply recognized investigative processes for the investigation of a non-communicable disease cluster within an Alberta-specific context. The guidelines account for data access and data quality available in Alberta, as well as communication processes mandatory for the success of any non-communicable disease cluster investigation.

Updated

June 1, 2011

Tags
health care system

Title and publication information

Type
Guide
Extent

26 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Health and Wellness (1999-2013)

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Subject Information

Spatial Coverage

Alberta

Resource Dates

Date Created

2011-06-01

Date Added

2017-10-12T16:09:51.538907

Date Modified

2011-06-01

Date Issued

2011-06-01

Audience information

Identifiers

ISBN (pdf)

9780778583004

ISBN (print)

9780778582991

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Alberta Health. Surveillance and Assessment Branch.

Contact Other

Phone: 780-427-4518