Geocoding Health Data: The Use of Geographic Codes in Cancer Prevention and Control, Research and Practice

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With recent disease outbreaks and concerns about bioterrorism, interest in the application of GIS to individual level data has grown. Geocoding Health Data presents a state-of-the-art discussion on current technical and administrative developments in geographic information science that will affect the future practice of geocoding. This book examines how geocoded residential addresses can be used to examine the spatial patterns of cancer incidence, staging, survival, and mortality. It also explores how privacy and confidentiality issues can be addressed by focusing on disclosure limitation methods while simultaneously enabling the use of more accurate spatial data on disease distributions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849384196
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Geocoding Methods, Materials, and First Steps toward a Geocoding Error Budget
M.P. Armstrong and C. Tiwari

Using ZIP codes as Geocodes in Cancer Research
K.M.M. Beyer, A.F. Schultz, and Z. Chen

Producing Spatially Continuous Prostate Cancer Maps with Different Geocodes and Spatial Filter Methods
G. Rushton, Q. Cai, and Z. Chen

The Science and Art of Geocoding: Tips for Improving Match Rates and Handling Unmatched Cases in Analysis
F. Boscoe

Geocoding Practices in Cancer Registries
T. Abe and D. Stinchcomb

Alternative Techniques for Masking Geographic Detail to Protect Privacy
D.L. Zimmerman, M.P. Armstrong, and Gerard Rushton

Preserving Privacy: Deidentifying Data by Applying a Random Perturbation Spatial Mask
Z. Chen, G. Rushton, and G. Smith

Spatial Statistical Analysis of Point- and Area-Reference Public Health Data
L.A. Waller

Statistical methods for Incompletely and Incorrectly Geocoded Cancer Data
D. L. Zimmerman

Using Geocodes to estimate Distances and geographic Accessibility for Cancer Prevention and Control
M. Armstrong, B. Greene, and G. Rushton

Cancer Registry Data and Geocoding:
Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security Issues
J. Gittler


Appendix: Cancer Reporting and Registry Statutes and Regulations
J. Gittler

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