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Epidemiological Studies

Epidemiological Studies
A Practical Guide

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009393

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  • Following on in the footsteps of its acclaimed and popular predecessor, this new edition builds on the successful features that engaged readers of the first edition: it explains the principles and practice of epidemiology and serves as a handbook for those who wish to do epidemiology; it uses relevant exercises and examples, taken from real life, to illustrate how to set up a study; it aims to help produce valid results that will satisfy grant bodies, ethical committees and journal editors; ultimately it bridges the gap between theory and practice. By making the subject so easily accessible, it will be an excellent introduction for anyone who is training in epidemiology and public health, and for all those involved in medical research. This edition includes numerous improvements and several new chapters which will further enhance its appeal.

    • An excellent introduction to the various epidemiological methods currently available
    • Emphasis on practical applications with numerous illustrative examples
    • New sections on: Comparing Rates, Choice of Study Design, Conducting a Pilot Study and Crude, Age-Specific and Standardised Rates
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of first edition '… lucid explanations and succinct, well-chosen examples … make the book a rapid read … Readers who follow his guidance will indeed learn painlessly to do epidemiology.' British Medical Journal

    'The text is concise and easy to read … Alan Silman's book is a very useful and user-friendly volume as an introduction to the field of epidemiology.' Epidemiology and Infection

    'I think this is a useful book for those embarking on their first epidemiological study.' Public Health

    '… this book could serve as a good, easy to read, textbook on epidemiological research.' European Journal of Public Health

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009393
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 176 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.415kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 20 tables 20 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Scope of epidemiological enquiry and overview of main problem areas
    Part II. Measuring the Occurrence of Disease:
    2. Which measure of disease occurrence?
    3. Comparing rates: between and within populations
    Part III. Studying Associations between Risk Factors and Disease:
    4. Which type of study?
    5. Which measure of association?
    Part IV. Selection of Populations and Samples to Study:
    6. Studies of disease occurrence I: identification of the population
    7. Studies of disease occurrence II: assessing disease status in study populations
    8. Studies of disease causation I: Selection of subjects for case-control studies
    9. Studies of disease causation II: Selection of subjects for cohort (longitudinal) studies
    Part V. Information from Epidemiological Studies:
    10. Collecting information
    11. Obtaining valid information
    12. Repeatability
    13. Maximising participation
    14. Conducting a pilot study
    Part VI. Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiological Data:
    15. Preparation of survey data for statistical analysis
    16. Introductory data analysis I: descriptive epidemiology
    17. Introductory data analysis II: analytical epidemiology
    18. Confounding
    19. Bias
    Part VII. Other Practical Issues:
    20. Ethical issues in epidemiology
    21. The costs of epidemiological studies

  • Authors

    Alan J. Silman, University of Manchester
    Professor Silman is Director of the internationally renowned Arthritis Research Campaign's Epidemiology Research Unit and has considerable expertise in all aspects of epidemiological studies. He has achieved worldwide recognition in this field, has published over 300 papers and lectured widely. In addition he has taught on several courses on epidemiological methods and analysis both for those starting out research and those at a more advanced level. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Epidemiology and Health Sciences Research sub-panel for the United Kingdom's University research assessment exercise. DOB: 4.12.51.

    Gary J. Macfarlane, University of Manchester
    Professor Macfarlane holds the Chair in Epidemiology within the School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences at the University of Manchester. He was previously Senior Lecturer within the Arthritis Research Campaign's Epidemiology Unit also at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan. He has authored approximately 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters and reviews. He has lectured widely on Chronic Disease Epidemiology and taught on several courses.

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