Advanced health assessment for patients and populations — d028 prfa
2. Activation of the Investigation Team: In this step, an appropriate team should be put together with representatives from different types of expertise such as epidemiology, laboratory sciences, and medical care.
3. Collecting Data on Suspected Cases: Here data must be collected on any suspected cases to help characterize the disease in terms of its symptoms, severity, spread etc.
4. Describing the Epidemic Curve (Time): This step examines how quickly new cases have been occurring over a period of time.
5. Describing the Epidemic Curve (Location): Examines where cases are occurring geographically to determine if they are more localized or widespread.
6. Search for Common Exposures Among Cases: Identifies any common exposures among those affected to help narrow down possible sources of infection.
7. Specimen Collection & Analysis from Patients/Environment/Animals/Foods: Taking specimens from patients and other potential sources is necessary for lab testing which can provide important clues about what pathogen might be causing it.
8. Hypothesis Generation & Testing: The investigation team should generate hypotheses based on the data collected so far and then test them using statistical analysis methods or through other means such as interviews with those affected.
9. Communication & Control Measures Implementation: If a source is identified then communication strategies should be used to inform people about it while control measures like quarantine or vaccination programs may need to be implemented.
10. Evaluation & Feedback Loop Implementation: It is important that all activities conducted during the course of this investigation are evaluated in order to identify areas for improvement moving forward which can then be incorporated into future investigations via a feedback loop system