Field Epidemiology Training Program : noncommunicable disease COVID-19 toolkit : field project topics, questions, and areas for investigation: suggested examples
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Field Epidemiology Training Program : noncommunicable disease COVID-19 toolkit : field project topics, questions, and areas for investigation: suggested examples

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      Updated: August 3, 2021

      This resource is part of the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP): Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) and COVID-19 Toolkit. The Toolkit intends to build the capacity of Intermediate and Advanced FETP residents to incorporate NCDs within the context of their 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic response activities. The Toolkit includes a literature synthesis of key associations between COVID-19 and NCD comorbidities, a list of field project topics and questions for investigation by intermediate and advanced level field epidemiologists and suggestions for types of data needed to conduct field projects, and two case study exercises, one for intermediate and one for advanced level field epidemiologists. For this Toolkit, the NCDs of primary interest are cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancers, and mental health. Please see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for a listing of medical conditions, including many NCDs and risk factors, that increase the risk of severe illness or mortality from COVID-19.

      Effective field response also includes formulating study objectives or field project topics and questions to explore an uncertainty in an area of concern and conducting deliberate investigation. Crafting project questions is an essential, yet time-consuming, process; as such, this list of vetted project topics and questions that consider the association between COVID-19 and comorbidities in diverse global settings may serve as a valuable resource for field epidemiologists. The questions can be adapted to various settings, field projects, epidemiological studies, and investigations and serve as a starting point to guide field mentors, trainees, and graduates in planning field investigations, data collection, analysis, and related activities.

      The target audience for the list of field project topics and questions is Intermediate and Advanced FETP residents. The list can be prioritized, updated, and adapted in consultation with the residents’ in-country mentors, as needed.

      Prepared by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This material was supported by Grant number 75D30120P10015, funded by the CDC Its contents are responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the CDC.


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