GIS in Public Health Practice: Opportunities and Pitfalls

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Significant advances in the evaluation and use of geographic information have had a major effect on key elements of public health. Strides in mapping technology as well as the availability and accuracy of health information enable public health practitioners to link and analyze data in new ways at international, regional, and even street levels. This geographical perspective generates new approaches in the study of communicable disease control, environmental health protection, health needs assessment, planning and policy, operational public health management, and many other areas. GIS in Public Health Practice includes contributions from the leading researchers in the field who participated in the First European Conference on Geographic Information Sciences and Public Health. This event promoted the use of GIS within the realm of public health. Specifically selected and expanded contributions illustrate particular areas of application and address issues of major importance. Many of the chapters have a UK or European focus, but examine issues, principles, and methods that are relevant worldwide. GIS in Public Health Practice is the first book to treat GIS as more than a mere technology. It recognizes GIS as a science that encompasses the development and application of scientific methods toward solving societal problems, an emerging facet of public health research and practice. This compilation is beneficial to all practitioners and researchers with an interest in public health.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I can think of no better geographers than Ellen Cromley and Sara McLafferty for presenting the methodologies and research findings of GIS for health." - Wil Gesler, The Geographical Review, Vol 94, No 1, January 2004 (on the first edition)

"Comprehensive, well-structured, well-illustrated, and well-written....Instructors will find a wealth of illustrative examples of applications." - Tony Gatrell, Economic Geography, Vol 79, No 3, July 2003 (on the first edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415306553
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/11/2004
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and overview
Ravi Maheswaran, Massimo Craglia


Basic Issues in Geographical Analysis
Ravi Maheswaran, Robert P. Haining

Disease Mapping - Basic Approaches and New Developments
Andrew B. Lawson

Clustering of Disease
Clive E. Sabel, Markku Löytönen


GIS and Communicable Disease Control
Thomas Kistemann, Angela Queste

New Zealand Experience of Salmonella Brandenburg Infection in Humans and Animals
John Holmes

Using GIS for Environmental Exposure Assessment: Experiences from the Small Area Health Statistics Unit
Kees de Hoogh, David Briggs, Samantha Cockings, Alex Bottle

Using Modelled Outdoor Air Pollution Data for Health Surveillance
Paul Brindley, Ravi Maheswaran, Tim Pearson, Stephen Wise, Robert P. Haining

Health and Environment Information Systems
Paul Aylin, Samantha Cockings


Health GIS in the English National Health Service - a Regional Solution
Ralph Smith

GIS in District Public Health Work
Edmund Jessop

Using GIS to Assess Accessibility to Primary Health Care Services
Andrew Lovett, Gilla Sünnenberg, Robin Haynes

GIS in Public Health Care Planning - a United States Perspective
Gregory A. Elmes


GIS and Public Health in the Information Society
Massimo Craglia, Alessandro Annoni

Data Protection and Medical Research
Deryck Beyleveld, David Townend

Public and Patient Attitudes to the Use of Their Health Information: A Review of the Literature
Rupert Suckling, Darren Shickle, Susan Wallace

Mobile Phone Positioning Systems and the Accessibility of Health Services
Markku Löytönen, Clive E. Sabel

Conclusions and Future Prospects
Massimo Craglia, Ravi Maheswaran

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