Evaluating Notifiable Disease Reporting by Providers: Analysis of Data Element Completeness


Completeness of public health information is essential for the accurate assessment of community health progress and disease surveillance. Yet challenges persist with respect to the level of completeness that public health agencies receive in reports submitted by health care providers. Missing and incomplete data can jeopardize information reliability and quality resulting in inaccurate disease evaluation and management (1). Additionally, incomplete data can prolong the time required for disease investigators to complete their work on a reported case. Thus, it is important to determine where the scarcity of information is coming from to recognize the characteristics of provider reporting.


To examine the completeness of data elements required for notifiable disease surveillance from official, provider-based reports submitted to a local health department.

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Event/Publication Date: 
September, 2013

April 28, 2019

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