Epibasket: a prototype web tool aimed to speed up and standardize the epidemiological investigation of an outbreak


The detailed analysis of the epidemiological literature on the 2003 SARS epidemic published in peer reviewed journals has shown that a majority (78%) of the epidemiological articles were submitted after the epidemic had ended, although the
corresponding studies had relevance to public health authorities during the epidemic. The conclusion was that to minimize the lag between research and the exigency of public health practice in the future, researchers should consider adopting common, predefined protocols and ready-to-use instruments to improve timeliness, and thus, relevance, in addition to standardizing comparability across studies.



This paper describes how the ideas and tools of e-commerce can be translated to the investigation of outbreaks: epidemiologists will ‘shop’ the best available items for their
questionnaire, enhance the chances of producing interoperable questionnaires, and speed up the whole process.

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December, 2010

June 17, 2019

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