Epidemiology for Public Health Practice

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Table of Contents

New to This Editionp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
About the Authorsp. xxi
History and Scope of Epidemiologyp. 1
Introductionp. 2
Epidemiology Definedp. 6
Foundations of Epidemiologyp. 13
Historical Antecedents of Epidemiologyp. 20
Recent Applications of Epidemiologyp. 37
Conclusionp. 43
Practical Applications of Epidemiologyp. 49
Introductionp. 50
Applications for the Assessment of the Health Status of Populations and Delivery of Health Servicesp. 52
Applications Relevant to Disease Etiologyp. 71
Conclusionp. 87
Leading Causes of Death and Rates for Those Causes in 1900 and 2003p. 92
Measures of Morbidity and Mortality Used in Epidemiologyp. 93
Introductionp. 94
Definitions of Count, Ratio, Proportion, and Ratep. 94
Risk Versus Ratep. 104
Interrelationship Between Prevalence and Incidencep. 106
Applications of Incidence Datap. 108
Crude Ratesp. 108
Specific Ratesp. 118
Adjusted Ratesp. 123
Conclusionp. 133
Data for Study Questions 2 Through 4p. 138
Descriptive Epidemiology: Person, Place, Timep. 141
Introductionp. 142
Characteristics of Personsp. 146
Characteristics of Placep. 175
Characteristics of Timep. 187
Conclusionp. 193
Project: Descriptive Epidemiology of a Selected Health Problemp. 201
Sources of Data for Use in Epidemiologyp. 203
Introductionp. 204
Criteria for the Quality and Utility of Epidemiologic Datap. 205
Computerized Bibliographic Databasesp. 206
Confidentiality, Sharing of Data, and Record Linkagep. 207
Statistics Derived from the Vital Registration Systemp. 215
Reportable Disease Statisticsp. 216
Screening Surveysp. 223
Disease Registriesp. 223
Morbidity Surveys of the General Populationp. 225
Insurance Datap. 229
Hospital Datap. 230
Diseases Treated in Special Clinics and Hospitalsp. 231
Data from Physicians' Practicesp. 232
Absenteeism Datap. 233
School Health Programsp. 233
Morbidity in the Armed Forces: Data on Active Personnel and Veteransp. 234
Other Sources of Data Relevant to Epidemiologic Studiesp. 235
Conclusionp. 236
Study Designs: Ecologic, Cross-Sectional, Case-Controlp. 241
Introductionp. 242
Observational Versus Experimental Approaches in Epidemiologyp. 243
Overview of Study Designs Used in Epidemiologyp. 244
Ecologic Studiesp. 249
Cross-Sectional Studiesp. 256
Case-Control Studiesp. 262
Conclusionp. 276
Study Designs: Cohort Studiesp. 283
Introductionp. 284
Cohort Studies Definedp. 284
Sampling and Cohort Formation Optionsp. 295
Temporal Differences in Cohort Designsp. 301
Practical Considerationsp. 303
Measures of Interpretation and Examplesp. 307
Summary of Cohort Studiesp. 318
Comparisons of Observational Designsp. 319
Conclusionp. 319
Experimental Study Designsp. 327
Introductionp. 328
Hierarchy of Study Designsp. 328
Intervention Studiesp. 330
Clinical Trialsp. 331
Community Trialsp. 344
Conclusionp. 356
Measures of Effectp. 361
Introductionp. 362
Absolute Effectsp. 362
Relative Effectsp. 365
Statistical Measures of Effectp. 371
Evaluating Epidemiologic Associationsp. 374
Models of Causal Relationshipsp. 376
Conclusionp. 381
Cohort Study Data for Coffee Use and Anxietyp. 384
Data Interpretation Issuesp. 385
Introductionp. 386
Validity of Study Designsp. 386
Sources of Error in Epidemiologic Researchp. 390
Techniques to Reduce Biasp. 396
Methods to Control Confoundingp. 399
Bias in Analysis and Publicationp. 403
Conclusionp. 404
Screening for Disease in the Communityp. 409
Introductionp. 410
Screening for Diseasep. 410
Appropriate Situations for Screening Tests and Programsp. 414
Characteristics of a Good Screening Testp. 417
Evaluation of Screening Testsp. 418
Sources of Unreliability and Invalidityp. 421
Measures of the Validity of Screening Testsp. 422
Effects of Prevalence of Disease on Screening Test Resultsp. 424
Relationship Between Sensitivity and Specificityp. 426
Evaluation of Screening Programsp. 428
Issues in the Classification of Morbidity and Mortalityp. 429
Conclusionp. 432
Data for Problem 6p. 436
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseasesp. 437
Introductionp. 438
Agents of Infectious Diseasep. 439
Characteristics of Infectious Disease Agentsp. 441
Hostp. 442
The Environmentp. 445
Means of Transmission: Directly or Indirectly from Reservoirp. 446
Measures of Disease Outbreaksp. 451
Procedures Used in the Investigation of Infectious Disease Outbreaksp. 456
Epidemiologically Significant Infectious Diseases in the Communityp. 457
Conclusionp. 482
Data from a Foodborne Illness Outbreak in a College Cafeteriap. 488
Epidemiologic Aspects of Work and the Environmentp. 489
Introductionp. 490
Health Effects Associated with Environmental Hazardsp. 491
Study Designs Used in Environmental Epidemiologyp. 491
Toxicologic Concepts Related to Environmental Epidemiologyp. 495
Types of Agentsp. 497
Environmental Hazards Found in the Work Settingp. 506
Noteworthy Community Environmental Health Hazardsp. 509
Conclusionp. 519
Molecular and Genetic Epidemiologyp. 529
Introductionp. 530
Definitions and Distinctions: Molecular Versus Genetic Epidemiologyp. 531
Epidemiologic Evidence for Genetic Factorsp. 539
Causes of Familial Aggregationp. 540
Shared Family Environment and Familial Aggregationp. 542
Gene Mapping: Segregation and Linkage Analysisp. 545
Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS)p. 553
Linkage Disequilibrium Revisited: Haplotypesp. 556
Application of Genes in Epidemiologic Designsp. 558
Genetics and Public Healthp. 565
Conclusionp. 568
Psychologic, Behavioral, and Social Epidemiologyp. 575
Introductionp. 576
Research Designs Used in Psychologic, Behavioral, and Social Epidemiologyp. 580
The Social Context of Healthp. 581
Independent Variablesp. 582
Moderating Factors in the Stress-Illness Relationshipp. 588
Outcome Variables: Physical Health, Mental Health, Affective Statesp. 600
Conclusionp. 605
Epidemiology as a Professionp. 613
Introductionp. 614
Specializations Within Epidemiologyp. 615
Career Roles for Epidemiologistsp. 617
Epidemiology Associations and Journalsp. 620
Competencies Required of Epidemiologistsp. 624
Resources for Education and Employmentp. 625
Professional Ethics in Epidemiologyp. 627
Conclusionp. 632
Guide to the Critical Appraisal of an Epidemiologic/Public Health Research Articlep. 635
Answers to Selected Study Questionsp. 641
Glossaryp. 651
Indexp. 668
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