Lecture Notes: Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-29
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Translating the evidence from the bedside to populations This sixth edition of the best-selling Epidemiology, Evidence-based Medicine and Public Health Lecture Notes equips students and health professionals with the basic tools required to learn, practice and teach epidemiology and health prevention in a contemporary setting. The first section, 'Epidemiology', introduces the fundamental principles and scientific basis behind work to improve the health of populations, including a new chapter on genetic epidemiology. Applying the current and best scientific evidence to treatment at both individual and population level is intrinsically linked to epidemiology and public health, and has been introduced in a brand new second section: 'Evidence-based Medicine' (EBM), with advice on how to incorporate EBM principles into your own practice. The third section, 'Public Health' introduces students to public health practice, including strategies and tools used to prevent disease, prolong life, reduce inequalities and includes global health. Thoroughly updated throughout, including new studies and cases from around the globe, key learning features include: Learning objectives and key points in every chapter Extended coverage of critical appraisal and data interpretation A brand new self-assessment section of SAQs and 'True/False' questions for each topic A glossary to quickly identify the meaning of key terms, all of which are highlighted for study and exam preparation Further reading suggestions on each topic Whether approaching these topics for the first time, starting a special study module or placement, or looking for a quick-reference summary, this book offers medical students, junior doctors, and public health students an invaluable collection of theoretical and practical information.

Author Biography

Yoav Ben-Shlomo is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol

Sara T. Brookes is Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research & Medical Statistics, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol

Matthew Hickman is Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol

Table of Contents


List of contributors

Section A Epidemiology

1. Epidemiology – defining disease and normality
Sara Brookes & Yoav Ben-Shlomo

2. Measuring and summarising data
Sara Brookes & Yoav Ben-Shlomo

3. Epidemiological concepts
Sara Brookes & Yoav Ben-Shlomo

4.Statistical inference, confidence intervals and P values
Kate Tilling & Sara Brookes

5. Observational studies
Mona Jeffreys & Yoav Ben-Shlomo

6. Genetic epidemiology
David M Evans & Ian Day

7. Investigating causes of disease
Debbie A Lawlor & John Macleod

Self-assessment questions for epidemiology

Section B Evidence Based Medicine

8. Evidence Based Medicine – an overview
Yoav Ben-Shlomo & Matthew Hickman

9. Diagnosis
Penny Whiting & Richard M Martin
10. Prognosis
Yoav Ben-Shlomo & Matthew Hickman

11. Effectiveness
Sara Brookes & Jenny Donovan

12. Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
Penny Whiting & Jonathan A C Sterne

13. Health economics
William Hollingworth & Sian Noble

14. Audit, research ethics and governance
Joanne Simon & Yoav Ben-Shlomo
Self-assessment questions for evidence based medicine

Section C Public Health

15. Public Health
Matthew Hickman, Ruth Kipping & David Gunnell

16. Screening
Angela E Raffle

17. Infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance
Caroline Trotter, Isabel Oliver & Matthew Hickman

18. Inequalities in health
Bruna Galobardes, Mona Jeffreys & George Davey Smith
19. Health improvement
Bruce Bolam

20. Evaluating public health and complex interventions
Yoav Ben-Shlomo & Rona Campbell

21. Health care targets
Maya Gobin & Gabriel Scally

22. Global Health
Sanjay Kinra, David L Heymann & Shah Ebrahim
Self-assessment questions for public health

Glossary of terms

Self-assessment answers


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