Evaluation of the neural tube defects surveillance system in Mexico City, 2012

Author (s): 
María del Carmen Martínez de la O, Diana Quiñones Jurado & Fernando Meneses González
 

Background:In 1993, the Neural Tube Defects Surveillance System (NTDSS) was created to identify the cases of Neural Tube Defects, evaluate changes and trends on its presentation and detect groups with elevated riskàprevent and control actions.

Objective:Assess the attributes and usefulness of the Neural Tube Defects Surveillance System in Mexico City during 2012.

Methodology:CDC Guidelines for Evaluating Public Health Surveillance Systems, evaluation method proposed by Batista – Gonzalez, staff interviews (national, state, jurisdictional and local level), medical record review, databases and manuals, publications and report reviews.

Conclusions: There is underreporting cases from NTDSS and vital registries. With the results obtained, it is considered that there should be a revision of the manual, the procedures and their application, as there is inconsistency between them. 

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