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Challenges Faced by Hospital Healthcare Workers in Using a Syndrome-Based Surveillance System During the 2003 Outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Taiwan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Fuh-Yuan Shih
Affiliation:
College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan Department of Emergency Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
Muh-Yong Yen
Affiliation:
Taipei City Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Jiunn-Shyan Wu
Affiliation:
Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Taipei, Taiwan
Fang-Kuei Chang
Affiliation:
Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Taipei, Taiwan
Lih-Wen Lin
Affiliation:
Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Taipei, Taiwan
Mei-Shang Ho
Affiliation:
Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Chao A. Hsiung
Affiliation:
Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, National Health Research Institute, Taipei, Taiwan
Ih-Jen Su
Affiliation:
Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Taipei, Taiwan
Melissa A. Marx
Affiliation:
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York
Howard Sobel
Affiliation:
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Chwan-Chuen King*
Affiliation:
College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
*
Institute of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, No. 17, Xu Zhou Rd., Taipei City, Taiwan, 100, Republic of China (cc_king99@hotmail.com)

Abstract

Because the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Taiwan in 2003 was worsened by hospital infections, we analyzed 229 questionnaires (84.8% of 270 sent) completed by surveyed healthcare workers who cared for patients with SARS in 3 types of hospitals, to identify surveillance problems. Atypical clinical presentation was the most often reported problem, regardless of hospital type, which strongly indicates that more timely syndromic surveillance was needed.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2007

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