A post-outbreak review, or debrief, may be conducted at the request of any of the investigative partners. The overall objective of a debrief is to discuss the outbreak investigation and to identify processes that worked well and areas for improvement. Where possible, specific recommendations and action items to improve future investigations should be recorded and a person or organization should be responsible for following up on the progress of the debrief recommendations.
Debriefs are typically chaired by a member of the lead organization who did not participate in the outbreak response. In some cases, an expert from a jurisdiction not involved in the investigation could be invited to chair the call. Ideally, the outbreak debrief should take place as soon as possible after the conclusion of the outbreak.
Question 4-5: Who should be invited to a debrief? What sort of items should be discussed at a debrief?