Epidemiology in Medical Practice

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Text, for clinicians and medical students, introducing the methods used to describe diseases in populations and the application of epidemiology in the discovery of causes of disease.

"...intended primarily for practicing clinicians...includes chapters on community diagnosis, sources of information, aetiology, natural history & prognosis, screening, Epidemi- ology in the planning & evaluation of medical services."

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Overview

Text, for clinicians and medical students, introducing the methods used to describe diseases in populations and the application of epidemiology in the discovery of causes of disease.

"...intended primarily for practicing clinicians...includes chapters on community diagnosis, sources of information, aetiology, natural history & prognosis, screening, Epidemi- ology in the planning & evaluation of medical services."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780443037832
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Series: Student Notes
  • Edition description: 4th ed
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 176

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SECTION 1 DESCRIPTION of DISEASE in the COMMUNITY: Community Diagnosis: National Problems, Regional Problems, Time Trends, High Risk Groups, Defining Priorities. Sources of Information: Routine Statistics: Population Statistics, Mortality Statistics (General and Occupational), Morbidity Statistics (Hospital, General Practice, Notifications, Registers, Social Security and Other Sources), Record Linkage, References to Available Sources. Sources of Information: Surveys: Case Definition, Quality Control (Repeatability, Validity), Types of Survey (Simple Descriptive Surveys, Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Population Surveys). Methods of Description: Numbers and Rates, Prevalence and Incidence, Geographical Distributions (Including Age/Sex Standardization of Rates), Distributions in Time (Secular and Cyclic Trends), Characteristics of Individuals (Age, Sex Socio-Economic Status, Occupation), Indicators SECTION 2 PREVENTION of DISEASE: Aetiology: Descriptive Studies (Geographical, Temporal and Age Distribution), Analytic Studies (Case Control and Cohort Studies, Execution of Studies, Selection of Controls, Interpretation of Data, Correlation, Significance Tests, Interactionof Causes), Causes of Disease in Populations and Individuals, Preventive Strategies for Evaluating Treatment SECTION 3 EPIDEMIOLOGY and PATIENT CARE: Natural History and Prognosis: Limitations of Clinical Experience (Case Selection and Incomplete Follow-Up), the Clinical Follow-Up Study (Case Definition and Ascertainment, Pilot Study, Record Design, Follow-Up), Methods of Describing Prognosis (Case Fatality Rate, Survival Rates, Life-Table Analysis), Record Linkage, the Precursorand Preclinical Phases of Disease. Screening: Screening in Clinical Practice, Mass Screening Surveys, Assessment of Screening Test (Repeatability, Validity), Evaluation of a Screening Service (Costs, Yield, Policy Decisions). Epidemics:Infectious Disease Epidemics, Epidemics of Non -Infectious Disease, Investigation of Epidemics (Verification of Diagnosis, Confirmation of Epidemic, Characterization of Cases, Investigation of Population at Risk, Formulation of Hypothesis), Management of Epidemics (Treatment of Cases, Control Measures, Surveillance). Epidemiology in the Planning and Evaluation of Medical Services: Need, Demand, Outcome and Planning, Cost, Efficiency, Observational Studies, Experimental Studies, Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological Studies (Bias, Chance, Confounding Versus Causality), Conclusion

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