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When Is a Health Outcome Data Evaluation Conducted?

Other Considerations

The public health assessment process calls for a health outcome data evaluation when certain conditions are met. These conditions relate to demonstrating completed or potential exposure, time of exposure, the exposed population, the level of exposure, a comparable reference population, and the availability of health outcome data.

Click on the boxes that follow or on the View All link below to see some facts that a health assessor would consider when deciding whether a health outcome data evaluation might be helpful.

Health outcome data evaluation considerations

People in the community are contacting a chemical that has been linked with a particular disease. As discussed in the pathways analysis section.

A chemical at the site is at high enough levels that people might become sick through contact with the chemical. As discussed in the toxicologic evaluation section.

Data related to the illness in the community are available. As discussed in the health outcome data evaluation section.

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For a step-by-step process on deciding whether health outcome data should be evaluated, see the Health Outcome Data Evaluation Decision Tree for evaluating site-related exposures.

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