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Term: Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2013-10-30


A surveillance system that uses linked administrative data sources from every province and territory to estimate the incidence and prevalence of chronic conditions, as well as related risk factors, use of health services, and health outcomes. Its aim is to foster the collection of surveillance data in a consistent and comparable way across jurisdictions. Patient privacy is protected since only population-level summaries are shared by the provinces and territories. Tracking health conditions through this approach complements other surveillance data sources, such as surveys and registries, and allows for timely reporting to support the planning and evaluation of policies and programs (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2013).

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada. Surveillance. 2013. - accessed August 1, 2013.

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  • Fransoo R, Martens P, The Need to Know Team, Prior H, Burchill C, Koseva I, Bailly A, Allegro E. The 2013 RHA Indicators Atlas. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2013. [Report] [Summary] [Additional Materials] (View)

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