Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: November 27, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412953948 | Print ISBN: 9781412928168 | Online ISBN: 9781412953948| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Sentinel Health Event
Annette L. Adams
A sentinel health event is the occurrence of a specific health condition, or the occurrence of an adverse outcome to a medical intervention, which signals that (a) the incidence of a condition or disease has exceeded the threshold of expected cases, (b) changes are occurring in the health levels of a population, or (c) the quality of medical care may need to be improved. Each of these circumstances may indicate the presence of a broader public health problem, and each requires epidemiologic ...