Case Finding and Line Listing: A Guide for the Investigator (FOCUS, Volume 1.4)
Length: 40 minutes
This focus issue discusses the importance of case finding and line listing, challenges that arise while collecting relevant information, and proper management of the data.
These trainings are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness and field epidemiology. The periodicals and supplemental material are created by doctoral students and graduates of the UNC-CH Department of Epidemiology and reviewed by UNC-CH School of Public Health faculty and topic experts.
- Discuss the importance of case finding and line listing
- Discuss strategies to identify cases and common challenges during the process
- Discuss how to collect and use the information gathered
- Discuss the creation and management of a line listing
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 1|
|Conduct investigation as directed (I.C.6)|
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 2|
|Use investigation techniques consistent with the public health problem (I.C.6)|
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|4) Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|2.5. Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.|
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Amy Nelson, MPH, PhD, Focus Workgroup
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
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