Development and refinement of new statistical methods for enhanced syndromic surveillance during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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Work by Roger A Morbey, Alex J Elliott, Andre Charlett, Nick Andrews, Neville Q Verlander, Sue Ibbotson, and Gillian E Smith published at Health Informatics Journal, January 16, 2014. Prior to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, new statistical methods had to be developed for the enhanced syndromic surveillance during the Games. Different methods were developed depending on whether or not historical data were available. Practical solutions were needed to cope with the required daily reporting and data quality issues. During the Games, nearly 4800 signals were tested on average each day, generating statistical alarms that were assessed to provide information on areas of potential public health concern and reassurance that no major adverse incident had occurred.

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