Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases in Ontario

Dr. Victoria Ng and Dr. Jan Sargeant were awarded funding from the OMAFRA Emergency Management Program in 2011-2012 to develop a functional tool for the prioritization of zoonotic diseases in Ontario. The data extracted for the tool was based on a larger national study conducted by Dr. Ng during her time as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. The prioritization tools were developed in Excel and can be used by anyone with access to this software. Instructions on how to use the tool are provided in the tab ‘MCDA Tool’ of the Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded here. The tool is an example of a scientific framework for disease prioritization involving stakeholder engagement across multiple disciplines. The files are downloaded as a zip file, that when the folder is unzipped contains two excel files depending on your needs, by disease group or individual diseases.

The work from the national study has been published and can be downloaded in pdf files below:

Ng V, Sargeant J. A Stakeholder-Informed Approach to the Identification of Criteria for the Prioritization of Zoonoses in Canada. (2012). Plos One. Vol 7, iss. 1: 1-12.

Ng V, Sargeant J. A Quantitative and Novel Approach to the Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases in North America: A Public Perspective. (2012). Plos One. Vol 7, iss. 11: 1-14.

Ng V, Sargeant J. A Quantitative Approach to the Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases in North America: A Health Professionals’ Perspective. (2013). Plos One. Vol 8, iss. 8: 1-19.

Ng V, Sargeant J. Prioritizing Zoonotic Diseases: Differences in Perspectives Between Human and Animal Health Professionals in North America. (2015). Zoonoses and Public Health. 1-16.