Discussion Question 1

| November 30, 2016

State and local laws require providers such as physicians and laboratories to report diseases or certain diagnosed health conditions. These notifiable diseases or health conditions vary by state. For some communicable diseases, this type of passive surveillance helps identify outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, and possible bioterrorism.

When thinking about chronic diseases, how do you perceive the purpose and utility of passive surveillance as an epidemiological tool? Explain with an example of a chronic disease surveillance system. Would you advocate the reporting of selected chronic conditions? Why?

Justify your response using examples and reasoning. Comment on the postings of at least two classmates, explaining whether you agree or disagree with their views.

Evaluation Criteria:

Explained, with an example of a chronic disease surveillance system, how you perceive the purpose and utility of passive surveillance as an epidemiological tool.
Explained whether the reporting of selected chronic conditions would be advocated.
Justified answers with appropriate research and reasoning by using examples and references from textbooks, the South University Online Library, and other acceptable references, citing the sources in APA format.
Commented on the postings of at least two classmates by asking questions, provided a point of view with a rationale, challenged a point of the discussion, or made a relationship between two or more points.

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