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The Sentiworld Project: Global Mapping of Sentinel Surveillance Networks in General Practice

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Abstract Background Sentinel networks composed of general practitioners (GPs) represent a powerful tool for epidemiologic surveillance and ad-hoc studies. Globalization necesitates greater international cooperation among sentinel networks. The aim of this study was to inventory GP sentinel networks involved in epidemiological surveillance on a global scale. Methods GP sentinel surveillance networks were inventoried globally between July 2016 and December 2019. Each identified network was required to fill out an electronic descriptive survey for inclusion. Results A total of 148 networks were identified as potential surveillance networks in general practice and were contacted. Among them, 48 were included in the study. Geographically, 33 networks (68.8%) were located in Europe and 38 (79.2%) had national coverage. The number of GPs registered in these networks represented between 0.1 and 100% of the total number of GPs in the network's country or region, with a median of 2.5%. All networks were involved in continuous epidemiologic surveillance and 47 (97.9%) monitored influenza-like illness. Data collection methods were paper-based forms ( n ~=\,26, 55.3%), electronic forms on a dedicated website ( n ~=\,18, 38.3%), electronic forms on a dedicated software program ( n ~=\,14, 29.8%), and direct extraction from electronic medical records ( n \,=\,14, 29.8%). Along with this study, a website has been created to share all data collected. Conclusions This study represents the first global geographic mapping of GP sentinel surveillance networks. By sharing this information, collaboration between networks will be easier, which can strengthen the quality of international epidemiologic surveillance. In the face of crises like that of COVID-19, this is more imperative than ever before.
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hal-03846547 , version 1 (13-12-2022)

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Andrew Meci, Florence Du Breuil, Ana Vilcu, Thibaud Pitel, Caroline Guerrisi, et al.. The Sentiworld Project: Global Mapping of Sentinel Surveillance Networks in General Practice. BMC Primary Care, 2022, 23 (1), pp.173. ⟨10.1186/s12875-022-01776-x⟩. ⟨hal-03846547⟩
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