These templates are designed for use in outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis, although they could be adapted for other illnesses. Most templates are intended for user modification to fit the instant circumstances. More specific instructions are embedded within the documents. For more information, contact the FOMES staff.
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Shotgun Hypothesis-generating Questionnaire (English)
Shotgun Hypothesis-generating Questionnaire (En Español)
- Designed for use with subtyping clusters that suggest contaminated commercial food products in wide distribution.
- Can be used as a stand-alone PDF questionnaire, but formatted for use with a FileMaker database tool that simplifies data entry and analysis.
- Unlike versions of the shotgun available before October 2013, this questionnaire is generated from a database and is based on an "exposure library" of potential questions.
- Database users can generate their own questionnaires that differ (shorter, longer, different array of questions, different order) but are compatible in terms of tabulation and analysis
- Embedded keypunch codes are linked to the database and should not be changed.
Binomial Probability Worksheet
Event Outbreak Questionnaire
Although many people can be talked into donating a stool specimen, we don’t always get good specimens back from everyone who says yes. Sometimes they don’t come back, and sometimes they aren’t good. After much thought, discussion, and experimentation, we’ve come up with this kit — a revolutionary new packet of materials (in English and Spanish) that makes collecting a stool specimen simple and fun. You distribute the kits, collect them when they’ve been used, process the specimens back at the health department, and send the specimens to the lab (in Oregon, send to OSPHL by courier).
Interviewing Cardinal Rules
This video, starring many members of the Oregon Public Health Division, explains the 10 cardinal rules of effective interviewing. The longer version explains background and is very helpful for understanding outbreak investigation interviewing. The shorter 9-minute version is useful as a quick introduction to volunteer interviewers, for times when it is important to get on the phones as quickly as possible.
Oregon Health Authority
Acute and Communicable Disease Program
800 NE Oregon St #772
Portland, OR 97232
FAX: (971) 673-1100
Many of these outbreak investigation tools were developed by Dr. Bill Keene.
For more information on the life of Dr. Bill Keene and his extraordinary accomplishments, please read Remembering Bill Keene
or the CDC article
about how he touched so many lives.