Public Health Laboratory Systems Survey
The Public Health Laboratory Systems Survey (PHLSS) has 10 sections that correspond to the 10 Essential Public Health Services and the 10 PHI-12 objectives. Each section has one to three questions about the relevant Essential Service that solicit Likert scale responses. APHL previously developed a document called the “Key Elements/Capacities for Highly Functioning State Public Health Laboratory Systems” that was the guide in the creation of the PHLSS. The document identifies the capacities that should be in place in a State Public Health Laboratory System in order for that system to be functioning at a high level in support of the 10 Essential Public Health Services. A taskforce composed of APHL members and staff developed questions that asked for the respondent’s level of agreement as it pertained to statements of a State Public Health Laboratory System’s performance based on the “Key Elements” document.
The PHLSS is a cross-sectional internet survey. Sampling occurs biennially.
The response rate was 43/51(84.3%) public health laboratory systems in 2012.