Field Epidemiology / Edition 3

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Overview


The new edition of this classic text continues its mission of describing the application of basic epidemiologic principles in real time, place, and person to solve problems of an urgent or emergency nature. Based on decades of experience in both infectious and noninfectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this book describes in clear and practical terms the distinct approach, tasks, and actions needed for successful field investigations. Guidance is given on such issues as how to perform surveillance, manage and execute field investigatins, collect and analyze data, perform surveys, adapt a personal computer for field use, and communicate the findings. Specific advice is also given on such subjects as dealing with the media; investigations in health care, day care, and international settings; and the legal aspects of field studies. An entire chapter covers the proper collection, handling, and testing of infectious and noninfectious agents in the field. This edition contains new chapters on environmental investigations and immunization practices for the field epidemiologist. The boko is based both on science and experience. It deals with real problems, real places, and real people: nature's experiment rather than carefully designed studies in a laboratory or clinical setting. So, in the lexicon of the epidemiologist, the book addresses issues relating to observational- not experimental- epidemiology.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Bernard J. Turnock
This book is designed to serve as a guide and resource for epidemiologists working in the field, i.e., away from their usual work site, as they investigate unexpected health problems. Although there are many texts that present the concepts and principles of epidemiology, few address the practical, logistical, legal, and communications problems encountered in the real-life practice of this profession. "The book fills this important void and provides a balance of technical with practical issues through the contributions of experienced practitioners of epidemiology, most of whom are based at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. "This work is definitely targeted toward public health practitioners, although it will be a valuable resource for students as well. "Features of the book include ample graphs, charts, and tables illustrating the methods and principles of field epidemiology. The appearance, table of contents, and index are adequate, and the references are timely and appropriate. The book's outstanding feature is its practice orientation, which will be well received by those practicing and learning this mother science of public health. "This most useful and welcome addition to the public health literature adds to an increasing number of books that focus on the actual practice, as opposed to the theoretical basis, of public health. It would be well used in virtually any health sciences library.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book is designed to serve as a guide and resource for epidemiologists working in the field, i.e., away from their usual work site, as they investigate unexpected health problems. Although there are many texts that present the concepts and principles of epidemiology, few address the practical, logistical, legal, and communications problems encountered in the real-life practice of this profession.
Purpose: The book fills this important void and provides a balance of technical with practical issues through the contributions of experienced practitioners of epidemiology, most of whom are based at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Audience: This work is definitely targeted toward public health practitioners, although it will be a valuable resource for students as well.
Features: Features of the book include ample graphs, charts, and tables illustrating the methods and principles of field epidemiology. The appearance, table of contents, and index are adequate, and the references are timely and appropriate. The book's outstanding feature is its practice orientation, which will be well received by those practicing and learning this mother science of public health.
Assessment: This most useful and welcome addition to the public health literature adds to an increasing number of books that focus on the actual practice, as opposed to the theoretical basis, of public health. It would be well used in virtually any health sciences library.
From The Critics
The field epidemiologist applies basic epidemiological approaches towards the solution of health problems of an urgent or emergency nature. Gregg, a former director of the Epidemiology Program Office of the Center for Disease Control, presents 22 chapters that apply the lessons of the experience of the CDC in training field epidemiologists in this overview of field epidemiological practice. Fundamental theoretical considerations and definitions are considered before the basic components of the practice, from field investigations to findings communication, are explained. Also covered are special issues such as surveys and sampling; use of microcomputers; dealing with the public and the press; legal aspects; investigations in institutional, day-care, and international settings; and the collection and handling of laboratory specimens. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195313802
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 629,827
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael B. Gregg, M.D., was Director of the Viral Disease Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ten years. He served as Editor of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for twenty-one years and was Deputy Director of the Epidmeiology Program Office at the CDC for nineteen years. In addition, he is the author of over eighty articles and collaborative reports in the field of epidemiology and public health.

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Table of Contents

1 Field epidemiology defined Richard A. Goodman Goodman, Richard A. James W. Buehler Buehler, James W. 3

2 A brief review of the basic principles of epidemiology Richard C. Dicker Dicker, Richard C. 16

3 Surveillance Stephen B. Thacker Guthrie S. Birkhead Birkhead, Guthrie S. 38

4 Operational aspects of epidemiologic field investigations Richard A. Goodman Goodman, Richard A. James L. Hadler Hadler, James L. Duc J. Vugia Vugia, Duc J. 67

5 Conducting a field investigation Michael B. Gregg Gregg, Michael B. 81

6 Surveys and sampling Joan M. Herold Herold, Joan M. 97

7 Using a computer for field investigations Andrew G. Dean Dean, Andrew G. Consuelo M. Beck-Sague Beck-Sague, Consuelo M. 118

8 Designing studies in the field Richard C. Dicker Dicker, Richard C. 138

9 Designing the findings : descriptive epidemiology Robert E. Fontaine Fontaine, Robert E. Richard A. Goodman Goodman, Richard A. 156

10 Analyzing and interpreting data Richard C. Dicker Dicker, Richard C. 199

11 Developing interventions Richard A. Goodman Goodman, Richard A. Robert E. Fontaine Fontaine, Robert E. James L. Hadler Hadler, James L. Duc J. Vugia Vugia, Duc J. 236

12 Communicating epidemiologic findings Michael B. Gregg Gregg, Michael B. 249

13 Dealing with the public and the media Bruce B. Dan Dan, Bruce B. 262

14 Legal considerations in surveillance and field epidemiology Verla S. Neslund Neslund, Verla S. Richard A. Goodman Goodman, Richard A. James L. Hadler Hadler, James L. James G. Hodge, Jr. Hodge, James G., Jr. 281

15 Immunization practices for the field epidemiologist Harry F. Hull Hull, Harry F. 301

16 Investigations in health-care settings William R. Jarvis Jarvis, WilliamR. 315

17 Investigations in out-of-home child care settings Ralph L. Cordell Cordell, Ralph L. Jonathan Kotch Kotch, Jonathan Michael Vernon Vernon, Michael 338

18 Field investigations of environmental epidemics Ruth A. Etzel Etzel, Ruth A. 355

19 Field investigations of occupational disease and injury William Halperin Halperin, William Douglas Trout Trout, Douglas 376

20 Field investigations from the state and local health department perspective Jeffrey P. Davis Davis, Jeffrey P. Guthrie S. Birkhead Birkhead, Guthrie S. 397

21 Epidemiologic practices in low-income countries Stanley O. Foster Foster, Stanley O. 419

22 Terrorism preparedness and emergency response for the field epidemiologist Daniel M. Sosin Sosin, Daniel M. Richard E. Besser Besser, Richard E. 439

23 Field investigations of natural disasters and complex emergencies Ron Waldman Waldman, Ron Eric K. Noji Noji, Eric K. 459

24 Laboratory support for the epidemiologist in the field Elaine W. Gunter Gunter, Elaine W. Joan S. Knapp Knapp, Joan S. Janet K. A. Nicholson Nicholson, Janet K. A. 479

App A walk-through exercise 524

Index 551

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