Behavioural surveillance: The value of national coordination

Christine A. McGarrigle*, Kevin Fenton, Owen Gill, Gwenda Hughes, Dilys Morgan, Barry Evans

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Abstract

Behavioural surveillance programmes have enabled the description of population patterns of risk behaviours for STI and HIV transmission and aid in the understanding of how epidemics of STI are generated. They have been instrumental in helping to refine public health interventions and inform the targeting of sexual health promotion and disease control strategies. The formalisation and coordination of behavioural surveillance in England and Wales could optimise our ability to measure the impact of interventions and health promotion strategies on behaviour. This will be particularly useful for monitoring the progress towards specific disease control targets set in the Department of Health's new Sexual Health and HIV Strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-405
Number of pages8
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Volume78
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

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