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Gaceta Sanitaria

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Abstract

POUSA, Anxela et al. Surveillance in Spain 3 years since the enactment of the Public Health Law. Gac Sanit [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.4, pp.308-310. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2016.03.002.

In 2014, the Epidemiological Surveillance Working Group of the Sociedad Española de Epidemiología (Spanish Society of Epidemiology), carried out a descriptive study in order to evaluate the level of development of the Spanish Public Health Law since its enactment in 2011. A survey collecting data on the existence of information systems and other aspects pertaining to each surveillance section included in the law was sent to all 19 autonomous communities and cities. All regional authorities reported the presence of an information system for communicable diseases, and six also reported an information system for social factors. 18 reported that at least one chronic disease was subject to surveillance and 14 confirmed surveillance of some of its determinants. They all systematically analysed the data derived from the communicable diseases. There is room for improvement in Public Health surveillance in Spain, and action should be aimed at the main health problems.

Keywords : Public health; Epidemiological monitoring; Information systems; Legislation.

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