Epidemic analysis for response decision-making : systematic organization of multi-source information to inform response decisions
PublisherManila : WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
During epidemics and public health emergencies, decision-makers make timely decisions to save lives, and they make these decisions while faced with many uncertainties and limited information. Epidemic analysis for response decision-making (ERD) is a practical process for informing response decisions by systematically and logically organizing multi-source information to optimize assessment of epidemic situation. ERD aims to justify and inform decisions based on how surveillance data are synthesized and interpreted and helps to reduce the chances of misinterpreting the situation. This document describes ERD processes and provides case studies to learn and practice applying the methods.