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Comparative evaluation of three surveillance systems for infectious equine diseases in France and implications for future synergies.

Amat JP, Hendrikx P, Tapprest J, Leblond A, Dufour B - Epidemiol. Infect. (2015)

Bottom Line: The purpose of this study was to assess several surveillance systems within the same industry using the semi-quantitative OASIS method and to compare the results of the assessments in order to propose improvements, including future synergies.Furthermore, the comparative assessment has highlighted many possible synergies that could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of surveillance as a whole, including the implementation of new joint tools or the pooling of existing teams, tools or skills.This approach would be especially relevant to enhance the efficiency of surveillance activities when resources are limited.

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Affiliation: National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA),UR346 Epidémiologie Animale,Saint-Genès-Champanelle,France.

ABSTRACT
It is necessary to assess surveillance systems for infectious animal diseases to ensure they meet their objectives and provide high-quality health information. Each system is generally dedicated to one disease and often comprises various components. In many animal industries, several surveillance systems are implemented separately even if they are based on similar components. This lack of synergy may prevent optimal surveillance. The purpose of this study was to assess several surveillance systems within the same industry using the semi-quantitative OASIS method and to compare the results of the assessments in order to propose improvements, including future synergies. We have focused on the surveillance of three major equine diseases in France. We have identified the mutual and specific strengths and weaknesses of each surveillance system. Furthermore, the comparative assessment has highlighted many possible synergies that could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of surveillance as a whole, including the implementation of new joint tools or the pooling of existing teams, tools or skills. Our approach is an original application of the OASIS method, which requires minimal financial resources and is not very time-consuming. Such a comparative evaluation could conceivably be applied to other surveillance systems, other industries and other countries. This approach would be especially relevant to enhance the efficiency of surveillance activities when resources are limited.

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OASIS output 2 for the French EIA, EVA and CEM surveillance systems assessed (the level of satisfaction for each critical control point is displayed as a percentage score).
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fig02: OASIS output 2 for the French EIA, EVA and CEM surveillance systems assessed (the level of satisfaction for each critical control point is displayed as a percentage score).

Mentions: The surveillance tools are quite good (Figs 1 and 2), especially regarding the quality and relevance of samples, for which collection is easy and standardized. Reporting procedures are quick and easy and diagnostic techniques are well established.Fig. 1.


Comparative evaluation of three surveillance systems for infectious equine diseases in France and implications for future synergies.

Amat JP, Hendrikx P, Tapprest J, Leblond A, Dufour B - Epidemiol. Infect. (2015)

OASIS output 2 for the French EIA, EVA and CEM surveillance systems assessed (the level of satisfaction for each critical control point is displayed as a percentage score).
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig02: OASIS output 2 for the French EIA, EVA and CEM surveillance systems assessed (the level of satisfaction for each critical control point is displayed as a percentage score).
Mentions: The surveillance tools are quite good (Figs 1 and 2), especially regarding the quality and relevance of samples, for which collection is easy and standardized. Reporting procedures are quick and easy and diagnostic techniques are well established.Fig. 1.

Bottom Line: The purpose of this study was to assess several surveillance systems within the same industry using the semi-quantitative OASIS method and to compare the results of the assessments in order to propose improvements, including future synergies.Furthermore, the comparative assessment has highlighted many possible synergies that could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of surveillance as a whole, including the implementation of new joint tools or the pooling of existing teams, tools or skills.This approach would be especially relevant to enhance the efficiency of surveillance activities when resources are limited.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA),UR346 Epidémiologie Animale,Saint-Genès-Champanelle,France.

ABSTRACT
It is necessary to assess surveillance systems for infectious animal diseases to ensure they meet their objectives and provide high-quality health information. Each system is generally dedicated to one disease and often comprises various components. In many animal industries, several surveillance systems are implemented separately even if they are based on similar components. This lack of synergy may prevent optimal surveillance. The purpose of this study was to assess several surveillance systems within the same industry using the semi-quantitative OASIS method and to compare the results of the assessments in order to propose improvements, including future synergies. We have focused on the surveillance of three major equine diseases in France. We have identified the mutual and specific strengths and weaknesses of each surveillance system. Furthermore, the comparative assessment has highlighted many possible synergies that could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of surveillance as a whole, including the implementation of new joint tools or the pooling of existing teams, tools or skills. Our approach is an original application of the OASIS method, which requires minimal financial resources and is not very time-consuming. Such a comparative evaluation could conceivably be applied to other surveillance systems, other industries and other countries. This approach would be especially relevant to enhance the efficiency of surveillance activities when resources are limited.

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Related in: MedlinePlus