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Underreporting of Lyme disease by Connecticut physicians, 1992.

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To determine the magnitude of underreporting of
Lyme disease, a random sample of Connecticut physicians was surveyed in 1993. The magnitude of underreporting was assessed by comparing physician estimates of
Lyme disease diagnoses with reports of
Lyme disease sent by physicians to the Connecticut
Lyme disease surveillance system. Complete questionnaires were returned by 59 percent (412/698) of those surveyed. Of the 224 respondents who indicated that they had made a diagnosis of
Lyme disease in 1992, only 56 (25 percent) reported a case of
Lyme disease that year. Survey results suggested that, at best, only 16 percent of
Lyme disease cases were reported in 1992. Physician underreporting of
Lyme disease underestimates the public health impact of
Lyme disease.

J Public Health Manag Pract. 1996 Fall;2(4):61-5. Research Support, U.S. Gov’t, P.H.S.

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