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Assessment of timeliness, representativeness and quality of data reported to Italy's national integrated surveillance system for acute viral hepatitis (SEIEVA).
Public Health. 2015 May; 129(5):561-8.PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Periodic assessment of surveillance systems is recommended to verify whether they are appropriately monitoring the public health problem under surveillance. The aim of this study was to evaluate timeliness, data quality and representativeness of data reported to the Italian Integrated Epidemiological System for Acute Viral Hepatitis (SEIEVA).

STUDY DESIGN

Cross-sectional analysis of surveillance data.

METHODS

Quantitative indicators were used to evaluate representativeness of reported cases, data quality, and timeliness between surveillance steps, for reports of acute viral hepatitis cases with date of onset of symptoms from 2009 to 2012 (N = 4516).

RESULTS

Representativeness was 75%. Over 95% of records reported information on age, sex, city of residence, risk factors for hepatitis A and vaccination status. Information on risk factors for hepatitis B and C were reported less consistently (83%), as was information on early outcome (60%). Wide delays were found between surveillance steps.

CONCLUSIONS

The system collects high quality data on acute viral hepatitis cases in Italy. Timeliness was found to be the main limit and needs to be improved by optimizing web-based reporting procedures, increasing communication with participating centres, improving feedback and increasing dissemination of surveillance results. The study highlights the importance of reporting timeliness to detect outbreaks of acute viral hepatitis.

Authors+Show Affiliations

National Centre for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion - National Health Institute, Rome, Italy.Department of Public Health - Catholic University of Rome, Italy.Department of Public Health - Catholic University of Rome, Italy.National Centre for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion - National Health Institute, Rome, Italy.Department of Biomedicine and Prevention - University "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy.Department of Public Health - Catholic University of Rome, Italy.National Centre for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion - National Health Institute, Rome, Italy. Electronic address: antonietta.filia@iss.it.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25795017

Citation

Tosti, M E., et al. "Assessment of Timeliness, Representativeness and Quality of Data Reported to Italy's National Integrated Surveillance System for Acute Viral Hepatitis (SEIEVA)." Public Health, vol. 129, no. 5, 2015, pp. 561-8.
Tosti ME, Longhi S, de Waure C, et al. Assessment of timeliness, representativeness and quality of data reported to Italy's national integrated surveillance system for acute viral hepatitis (SEIEVA). Public Health. 2015;129(5):561-8.
Tosti, M. E., Longhi, S., de Waure, C., Mele, A., Franco, E., Ricciardi, W., & Filia, A. (2015). Assessment of timeliness, representativeness and quality of data reported to Italy's national integrated surveillance system for acute viral hepatitis (SEIEVA). Public Health, 129(5), 561-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.015
Tosti ME, et al. Assessment of Timeliness, Representativeness and Quality of Data Reported to Italy's National Integrated Surveillance System for Acute Viral Hepatitis (SEIEVA). Public Health. 2015;129(5):561-8. PubMed PMID: 25795017.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Assessment of timeliness, representativeness and quality of data reported to Italy's national integrated surveillance system for acute viral hepatitis (SEIEVA). AU - Tosti,M E, AU - Longhi,S, AU - de Waure,C, AU - Mele,A, AU - Franco,E, AU - Ricciardi,W, AU - Filia,A, Y1 - 2015/03/18/ PY - 2014/07/15/received PY - 2015/01/30/revised PY - 2015/02/06/accepted PY - 2015/3/22/entrez PY - 2015/3/22/pubmed PY - 2015/8/27/medline KW - Acute viral hepatitis KW - Evaluation KW - Hepatitis A KW - Hepatitis B KW - Hepatitis C KW - Quality KW - Representativeness KW - Surveillance KW - Timeliness SP - 561 EP - 8 JF - Public health JO - Public Health VL - 129 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVES: Periodic assessment of surveillance systems is recommended to verify whether they are appropriately monitoring the public health problem under surveillance. The aim of this study was to evaluate timeliness, data quality and representativeness of data reported to the Italian Integrated Epidemiological System for Acute Viral Hepatitis (SEIEVA). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of surveillance data. METHODS: Quantitative indicators were used to evaluate representativeness of reported cases, data quality, and timeliness between surveillance steps, for reports of acute viral hepatitis cases with date of onset of symptoms from 2009 to 2012 (N = 4516). RESULTS: Representativeness was 75%. Over 95% of records reported information on age, sex, city of residence, risk factors for hepatitis A and vaccination status. Information on risk factors for hepatitis B and C were reported less consistently (83%), as was information on early outcome (60%). Wide delays were found between surveillance steps. CONCLUSIONS: The system collects high quality data on acute viral hepatitis cases in Italy. Timeliness was found to be the main limit and needs to be improved by optimizing web-based reporting procedures, increasing communication with participating centres, improving feedback and increasing dissemination of surveillance results. The study highlights the importance of reporting timeliness to detect outbreaks of acute viral hepatitis. SN - 1476-5616 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25795017/Assessment_of_timeliness_representativeness_and_quality_of_data_reported_to_Italy's_national_integrated_surveillance_system_for_acute_viral_hepatitis__SEIEVA__ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0033-3506(15)00064-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -