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Am J Prev Med. 2011 Dec;41(6 Suppl 4):S428-34. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2011.09.011.

Developing public health surveillance for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

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Division of Blood Disorders, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.


Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), collectively known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), are an important and growing public health issue, associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Presently, there is no national surveillance for DVT and PE. This article provides a summary of an expert workgroup meeting convened January 12, 2010, by the CDC. The purpose of the meeting was to inform CDC on the development of U.S. population-based public health surveillance activities for DVT/PE. Topics discussed included: (1) stakeholders, needs, gaps, and target populations; (2) requirements of surveillance systems; (3) challenges, limitations, and potential barriers to implementation of surveillance activities; and (4) integration of research and education with surveillance activities.

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