Monitoring Illness in a Closed Work Environment.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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In the ships dispensary, medical data are typically gathered on individual patient visits. Because multiple visits may result from a single condition or multiple conditions may result in a single visit, some overt or covert process must be used to develop records of discrete illness episodes with accurate diagnostic information. In an effort to make this process explicit, a model of illness etiology was articulated, and a program based upon that model was developed. This program converted data on individual patient visits into meaningful records of illness or injury episodes. In addition, estimates, of illness duration for specific diagnosis were incorporated into the model thereby allowing illness prevalance to be computed and plotted in terms of the percentage of the crew ill in any time period. Such a system should aid in the management of personnel resources.
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