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Volume 11, Number 3—March 2005

Policy Review

Notifiable Disease Surveillance and Practicing Physicians

Gérard Krause*Comments to Author , Gwendolin Ropers*, and Klaus Stark*
Author affiliations: *Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany

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Table 2

Feedback preferences for epidemiologic notifiable disease surveillance data for primary care physicians in Germany, 2001 (N = 1,320)

Preference %
Preferred time for feedback
(maximum of 1 response)
  Quarterly 33.4
  Semiannually 27.2
  Upon an occasion (e.g., outbreak) 31.6
  Access through the Internet* 7.8
Preferred region on which to deliver feedback
(maximum of 2 responses)
  Own county (Kreis) 41.1
  Own state (Bundesland) 29.3
  Germany 34.8
  Europe 28.8
  Worldwide 37.3
Preferred medium by which to deliver feedback
(maximum of 2 responses)
  Fax letter 31.7
  Fax call 2.0
  Mail 30.9
  Official organ of the German Medical Association (Deutsches Arzteblatt) 30.5
  E-mail 20.9
  Internet 16.2
  Weekly national epidemiologic bulletin 16.5
Preferred issues for feedback
(multiple responses)
  Outbreak of infectious diseases 85.2
  Trends 47.6
  Control of vaccination programs 31.5
  Revelation of imported or travel-associated diseases 60.4
  Recommendations on preventive measures 65.3
  Other 1.4

*Constant availability of information for active retrieval through the Internet by user.

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