Chronic diseases and health promotion

STEPwise approach to chronic disease risk factor surveillance (STEPS)

Introduction

The STEPS approach focuses on obtaining core data on the established risk factors that determine the major disease burden. It is sufficiently flexible to allow each country to expand on the core variables and risk factors, and to incorporate optional modules related to local or regional interests.

Purpose

The WHO STEPwise approach to chronic disease risk factor surveillance provides an entry point for low and middle income countries to get started on chronic disease surveillance activities. It is also designed to help countries build and strengthen their capacity to conduct surveillance.

Design

The STEPS Instrument covers three different levels of "steps" of risk factor assessment. These steps are:

  • Questionnaire
  • Physical measurements
  • Biochemical measurements

Updates

Check here to see what STEPS Resources have been updated.

The STEPS manual

Provides guidelines for chronic disease risk factor surveillance

STEPS resources

Contains all the forms, tools, templates, and software described in the STEPS Manual as well as links to eSTEPS

STEPS Instrument

Contains the STEPS Instrument, question by question guide, and Instrument at a glance

Workshops

Provides information on upcoming workshops and related training materials.

Optional modules

There are other modules available for the STEPS Instrument these are: injury and violence and oral health.

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