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STD Surveillance Network (SSuN)-NEW- National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis Elimination Programs (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Background and Brief Description
The purpose of the proposed study is to improve the capacity of national, State, and local STD programs to detect, monitor, and respond rapidly to trends in STDs through enhanced collection, reporting, analysis, visualization and interpretation of disease information. The SSuN Project will be an active STD sentinel surveillance network comprised of 12 surveillance sites around the United States. SSuN will use two surveillance strategies to collect information. The first is a STD clinic-based surveillance which will extract data from existing electronic medical records for all patient visits at participating STD clinics over the 3 years. The second is a population-based surveillance in which a sample of individuals reported with gonorrhea to the 12 SSuN state or city health departments are interviewed using locally designed interview templates.
For the clinic-based surveillance, the specified data elements are abstracted on a quarterly basis from existing electronic medical records for all patient visits to participating clinics. Data in the electronic medical record may have been collected at time of registration, during the clinic encounter, or through laboratory testing. For the population-based STD surveillance, the results of interviews will be entered into a developed Microsoft Access database that will be adapted locally for each clinic. High quality, informative, and timely surveillance data are necessary to guide STD programs so interventions are designed and implemented appropriately. Furthermore, surveillance data are necessary for understanding the impact of STD interventions based on the epidemiology of each STD.
This information is being collected to establish an integrated network of sentinel STD clinics and health departments to inform and guide national programs and policies for STD control in the US. It will improve the capacity of national, state, and local STD programs to detect, monitor, and respond to established and emerging trends in STDs, HIV, and viral hepatitis. SSuN will help identify and evaluate the effectiveness of public health interventions to reduce STD morbidity.
The SSuN surveillance platform allows CDC to establish and maintain common standards for data collection, transmission, and analysis, and allows CDC to build and maintain STD surveillance expertise in 12 surveillance areas. Such common systems, established mechanisms of communication, and in-place expertise are all critical components for timely, flexible, and high quality surveillance.Start Printed Page 45642
There is no cost to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annual burden hours are 432.
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Dated: August 28, 2009.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. E9-21286 Filed 9-2-09; 8:45 am]
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