Field Epidemiology

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Medical - 451 pages
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Field epidemiology involves the application of epidemiologic methods to unexpected health problems when a rapid on-site investigation is necessary for timely intervention. Based on decades of experience in both infectious and non-infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this book describes in simple 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 investigations, 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 healthcare, 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 non-infectious agents in the field. In the Second Edition, four new chapters cover many unique aspects of field studies in the workplace, after natural disasters, in preparation for and response to possible bioterrorist attacks, and by state and local health departments. Finally, an appendix describes how to investigate a common source food-borne epidemic. This text gives public health professionals and students a practical and complete reference to use in virtually any field investigation setting.
 

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Wonderful book to have by any doctors conducting field investigations. Well illustrated with examples. Easy to understand and apply.Can read and retain like a story book. Love it!

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Contents

Field Epidemiology Defined
3
A Brief Review of the Basic principles of Epidemiology
8
Surveillance
26
THE FIELD INVESTIGATION
51
Operational Aspects of Epidemiologic Field Investigations
53
Conducting a Field Investigation
62
Describing the Findings
78
Designing Studies in the Field
117
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
253
Legal Considerations in a Field Investigation
255
Investigations in HealthCare Settings
268
Investigations in OutofHome Child Care Settings
290
Field Investigations of Occupational Disease and Injury
306
Field Investigations from the State and Local Health Department Perspective
324
Epidemiologic Investigation in International Settings
345
Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Issues for Public Health
354

Analyzing and Interpreting Data
132
Developing Interventions
173
Communicating Epidemiologic Findings
183
Surveys and Sampling
196
Using a Computer for Field Investigations
217
Dealing with the Public and the4 Media
236
Field Investigations of Natural Disasters
365
Laboratory Support for the Epidemiologist in the Field
384
A Walkthrough Exercise
413
Index
435
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Michael B. Gregg is at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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