Submitted: 10 Jun 2019
Accepted: 02 Jul 2019
First published online: 02 Jul 2019
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Int J Basic Sci Med. 2019;4(2):43-44.
doi: 10.15171/ijbsm.2019.09
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Letter to Editor

Mixed-Methodology in Disease Surveillance,Response, and Control

Fauzia Aslam 1, Hammad Akram 2 * ORCiD

1 Graduate, Baqai Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
2 Graduate, Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry, Karachi, Pakistan

Abstract

Dear Editor,An article previously published by one of the authors of the present letter in September 2017 issue (vol. 2, no. 3) of the International Journal of Basic Science in Medicine shares the importance of mixed-method approaches to improve disease tracking and control.1 The present write up is an attempt to provide a further description of this mixed-method model that can be beneficial in disease surveillance and epidemiological processes. Our aim is to provide or propose a structure to carry out a multi-phasic,mixed type methodology (qualitative plus quantitative)to assess surveillance capabilities within a jurisdiction that can be pilot tested and used for different reportable conditions specially infectious diseases. We performed a literature review using keywords and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms in the English language. The search was executed on PubMed and Web of Science.The terms such as "surveillance assessment "AND/OR "infectious disease", "Qualitative approaches" AND"disease surveillance" and phrases such as "surveillance assessment methods", "qualitative and quantitative methods in surveillance" were used. Boolean operators(AND/OR) were used where applicable. We specifically focused on qualitative studies in the disease surveillance area.
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