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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer on (404) 639-7090.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Send comments to Anne O'Connor, CDC Assistant Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D24, Atlanta, GA 30333. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

The Canada/U.S. Joint Health Survey (CUJHS)—New—National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CUJHS is a one-time collaborative effort of Statistics Canada and the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics to conduct a telephone survey in both countries using the same questionnaire. Approximately 3,000 adults will be interviewed in Canada and 5,000 adults in the U.S. The questionnaire will cover chronic health conditions, functional status and limitations, smoking, height and weight, cancer screening, access to health care, and demographics. The project will be jointly funded with each agency covering the costs of data collection of their own sample and the sharing of all other costs.

The purpose of the survey is to move the national health surveys of both countries toward closer comparability so the health status among residents of countries can be compared in a more concrete manner. This will allow researchers to study the effect of variations in health systems on health care, health status and functional status. This effort can also serve as a model for improving comparability among national health studies generally.

A need for such comparability has been noted by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who is funding the study in part.

The specific data from the CUJHS may well contribute toward meeting some of the research needs directly. Its longer term impact will be to demonstrate best practices for use in bi-national and multi-national health surveys. There are no costs to respondents. Start Printed Page 19189

RespondentsNumber of respondentsNumber of responses/ respondentAvg. burden/ response (in hours)Total response burden Burden (in hours)
United States5000120/601667
Total1667
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Dated: April 10, 2002.

Nancy E. Cheal,

Acting Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 02-9383 Filed 4-17-02; 8:45 am]

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