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Volume 10, Number 7—July 2004

Research

Collecting Data To Assess SARS Interventions

R. Douglas Scott*Comments to Author , Edward Gregg*, and Martin I. Meltzer*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table A1

Explanation of data in Figure 1a

Column Priority group Variable Type Suggested coding Comments/details
Participant information
A 1 Patient ID Numeric or character 1, 2, 3, …n
B 1 Sex Categories 1 = male
2 = female
C 1 Age Continuous e.g. 25, 26
D
3
Coexisting condition
Categories
0 = none known
1 = CVD
2 = diabetes
3 = COPD
4 = HIV/AIDS
5 = other
6 = unknown
Important to differentiate none known from unknown
Exposure dataa
Exposure 1
E 1 Date Date DD/MM/YY
F 1 Source ID Numeric or character ID of source patient or unknown Identify, using patient ID, the presumed source of infection
G 2 Duration Categories 1 = <30 min
2 = 30–59 min
3 = >60 min Other categories of duration of exposure can be used. Must define "exposure"
H
2
Locale
Categories
1 = home
2 = hospital
3 = other
Other exposure locales can be added as needed
Exposure 2
I–L and M–P b c c c c
Symptoms, respiratory
Q 1 Symptom onset date Date DD/MM/YY Need to define the term "symptom"
R 3 Symptom category Categories d Record all that are applicable and adjust as needed
Symptoms, non respiratory
S 1 Symptom onset date Date DD/MM/YY Need to define the term "symptom"
T 3 Symptom category Categories d Record all that are applicable and adjust as needed

aCan expand to as many exposures as needed.
bSame as E–H.
cRepeat for each exposure.
d1 = fever; 2 = cough; 3 = myalgia; 4 = dyspnea; 5 = headache; 6 = malaise; 7 = chills; 8 = diarrhea; 9 = nausea/vomiting; 10 = sore throat; 11 = arthralgia; 12 = chest pain; 13 = productive cough; 14 = vomiting; 15 = rhinorrhea/runny nose; 16 = nonheadache neurologic symptoms (e.g., dizziness); 17 = abdominal pain.

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