Performance of Sub-Syndrome Chief Complaint Classifiers for the GI Syndrome


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention BioSense project has developed chief complaint (CC) and ICD9 sub-syndrome classifiers for the major syndromes for early event detection and situational awareness. This has the potential to expand the usefulness of syndromic surveillance, but little data exists evaluating this approach. The overall performance of classifiers can differ significantly among syndromes, and presumably among subsyndromes as well. Also, we had previously found that the seasonal pattern of diarrhea was different for patients < 60 months of age (younger) and for patients > 60 months of age (older).



Using chart review as the criterion standard to estimate the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of New York State hospital emergency department CC classifiers for patients < 60 months of age and > 60 months of age for the gastrointestinal (GI) syndrome and the following GI sub-syndromes: “abdominal pain”, “nausea-vomiting” and “diarrhea”.

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December, 2008

July 30, 2018

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