John W. Farquhar, M.D.

Publication Details

  • COMMUNITY SURVEILLANCE OF CARDIOVASCULAR-DISEASES IN THE STANFORD 5-CITY PROJECT - METHODS AND INITIAL EXPERIENCE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Fortmann, S. P., Haskell, W. L., Williams, P. T., Varady, A. N., Hulley, S. B., Farquhar, J. W. 1986; 123 (4): 656-669

    Abstract:

    The Stanford Five-City Project is a long-term field evaluation of the effects of community health education on cardiovascular disease risk factors and event rates. One major end point of the project is the difference between treatment and control group trends in morbidity and mortality rates ascertained through community-wide surveillance of deaths and hospital discharges. This surveillance system includes continuous review of death certificates and hospital discharge records, interviews with the families and physicians of decedents who died outside the hospital, abstraction of the hospital records of possible myocardial infarction and stroke cases (fatal and nonfatal), and systematic validation of diagnosis by the use of standard criteria. Initial experience with information access, availability of diagnostic information, costs, and reliability are described. This standardized approach to community surveillance of cardiovascular disease events rates, both fatal and nonfatal, is a feasible method for evaluating large-scale intervention programs and may be applicable to monitoring secular trends in the absence of intervention.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1986A509900010

    View details for PubMedID 3953544

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