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J Public Health Manag Pract. 1996 Fall;2(4):61-5.

Underreporting of Lyme disease by Connecticut physicians, 1992.

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Connecticut Department of Public Health, New Haven, USA.

Abstract

To determine the magnitude of underreporting of Lyme disease, a random sample of Connecticut physicians was surveyed in 1993. The magnitude of underreporting was assessed by comparing physician estimates of Lyme disease diagnoses with reports of Lyme disease sent by physicians to the Connecticut Lyme disease surveillance system. Complete questionnaires were returned by 59 percent (412/698) of those surveyed. Of the 224 respondents who indicated that they had made a diagnosis of Lyme disease in 1992, only 56 (25 percent) reported a case of Lyme disease that year. Survey results suggested that, at best, only 16 percent of Lyme disease cases were reported in 1992. Physician underreporting of Lyme disease underestimates the public health impact of Lyme disease.

PMID:
10186700
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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