Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The new edition of this popular textbook remains a clear and practical introduction to epidemiology for students in all areas of health. By emphasising the role of epidemiology across a broad range of health monitoring and research, it gives students an understanding of the fundamental principles common to all areas of epidemiology. It also integrates the study of infectious and chronic diseases as well as public health and clinical epidemiology. Avoiding complex mathematics, it steps through the methods and potential problems underlying health data and reports, while maintaining a balance of rigour and clarity. The nuts-and-bolts of epidemiology are embedded in the wider international health perspective through recent and classical examples across different areas of health to engage students from a range of backgrounds. Concepts are illustrated with charts and graphs, and end-of-chapter questions test understanding (with answers provided). Online resources include further exercises, slides for teaching and useful weblinks.

Table of Contents

Epidemiology is ...
How long is a piece of string? Measuring disease frequency
Who, what, where and when? Descriptive epidemiology
Healthy research: study designs for public health
Why? Linking exposure and disease
Heads or tails?: The role of chance
All that glitters is not gold: the problem of error
Muddied waters: the challenge of confounding
Reading between the lines: reading and writing epidemiological papers
Who sank the boat? Association and causation
Assembling the building blocks: reviews and their uses
Outbreaks, epidemics and clusters
Watching not waiting: surveillance and epidemiological intelligence
Prevention: better than cure?
Early detection: what benefits at what cost?
A final word ...;; Answers to questions
Direct standardisation
Standard populations
Calculating cumulative incidence and lifetime risk from routine data
Indirect standardisation
Calculating life expectancy from a life table
The Mantel-Haenszel method for calculating pooled odds ratios
Formulae for calculating confidence intervals for common epidemiological measures
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