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What is Disease Surveillance
Disease surveillance is an information-based
activity involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of large volumes
of data originating from a variety of sources. The information collated is then used in a number of ways to:
- Evaluate the effectiveness of control and
preventative health measures
- Monitor changes in infectious agents e.g.
trends in development of antimicrobial resistance
- Support health planning and the allocation of
appropriate resources within the healthcare system.
- Identify high risk populations or areas to
To be effective, the collection of
surveillance data must be standardized on a national basis and be made
available at local, regional and national level. HPSC is an essential
communication point in forecasting and responding to disease outbreaks and
incidents of regional, national and international significance
- Provide a valuable archive of disease
activity for future reference.
Together, the ICGP and the HPSC recruited a
total of 60 GP’s throughout the Republic of Ireland, ensuring there would be a
balanced comparison countrywide. The
data is collated on a weekly basis, and a report is then produced, displaying
the present outbreaks, along with comparables from previous seasons.
Health-One programmers have worked closely
with the ICGP and the HPSC to make this process easier for its users. As a result of this co-ordinated approach,
other information regarding disease surveillance has been possible, such as
There are currently 60 GP’s recruited,
- Vaccine effectiveness Study
THERE ARE NO VACANCIES AVAILABLE AT PRESENT. However, sometimes vacancies become
available, and if you would like to be considered if a vacancy occurs, please
discuss your interest in participating with Dr Michael Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org