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La place des registres dans la surveillance des maladies transmissibles. [The role of registries in the surveillance of transmissible diseases].

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  • Communicable Diseases/Epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Humans
  • Registries/Utilization
  • Switzerland
  • Biology
  • Medicine


Registries are among the oldest methods used in public health for epidemiological surveillance and decision making in the area of communicable diseases. Although other sources of data are now available in many developed countries, registries still provide important information. This article reviews the main aims and characteristics of modern registries, providing several examples of current epidemiological problems. Practical advantages and disadvantages of registries are also discussed, as well as some developmental perspectives in this area.

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