Comparison of an active and passive surveillance system of primary care providers for hepatitis, measles, rubella, and salmonellosis in Vermont

Am J Public Health. 1983 Jul;73(7):795-7. doi: 10.2105/ajph.73.7.795.


Between June 1, 1980 and May 31, 1981, the Vermont Health Department telephoned a randomly chosen half of the state's primary care offices for surveillance reports of hepatitis, measles, rubella, and salmonellosis. No reports were actively solicited from the other half of the primary-care practices in the state. Active-surveillance units made more reports and more complete reports of diseases and had twice the number of reports per patient seen by the practice than did passive-surveillance units. (Am J Public Health 1983; 73:795-797.)

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Hepatitis / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Measles / epidemiology*
  • Physicians, Family
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Public Health Administration*
  • Rubella / epidemiology*
  • Salmonella Infections / epidemiology*
  • Vermont