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Comprehensive Laboratory Services Survey (CLSS)

Description

The Comprehensive Laboratory Services System (CLSS) is intended to measure the extent to which state public health laboratories (SPHLs) fulfill 11 Core Functions of public health laboratories in support of public health. The survey is distributed biennially to all state health agencies. • Disease Prevention, Control and Surveillance • Integrated Data Management • Reference and Specialized Testing • Environmental Health and Protection • Food Safety • Laboratory Improvement and Regulation • Policy Development • Public Health Preparedness and Response • Public Health Related Research • Training and Education • Partnerships and Communication

Supplier

Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Data Years Available

2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

Periodicity

Biennial

Mode

Sample survey: Internet questionnaire

Selected Content

State public health laboratory performance in areas such as disease surveillance, reference testing, food safety, environmental testing, and emergency response.

Population covered

State public health laboratories in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Methodology

CLSS is a cross-sectional internet survey. Sampling occurs biennially.

Response rate and sample size

In all surveys, the response rates have been 90% or higher.

Interpretation Issues

N/A

References

Wilcke BW JR., et al: Laboratory services in support of public health: a status report. Public Health Reports. 125 (Suppl 2): 40-46. 2010.