Environmental Epidemiology: Study methods and application

Paperback | July 1, 2008

EditorDean Baker, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen

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Air pollution, water contamination, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, metals, and radiofrequencies are just some examples of environmental factors that have been linked to adverse health effects such as cancer, respiratory disease and reproductive problems. Environmental epidemiologystudies the interaction of disease and these environmental determinants of disease at a population level. Whilst risks associated with environmental exposures are generally small, the exposed population, and hence the population burden of disease, may be large. To detect these small risks, it istherefore essential that related methods and their application are refined. In addition, there is increasing attention on environmental health issues from the public, government, and media, thus raising the profile of envrionmental epidemiology in preventive medicine. This book describes the methods of environmental epidemiology, with emphasis on good practice. It outlines the basic principles of epidemiology and environmental health, and describes in more detail special environmental epidemiological designs that are rarely described in other textbooks. Theprinciples of health risk assessment and forecasting, as well as the application of study data in these types of study, are explored. Several chapters cover practical issues in the conduct of studies, such as field work and data analyses and its requirements. Ethical issues and the role ofenvironmental epidemiology in policy making are also covered.

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Air pollution, water contamination, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, metals, and radiofrequencies are just some examples of environmental factors that have been linked to adverse health effects such as cancer, respiratory disease and reproductive problems. Environmental epidemiologystudies the interaction of disease and these...

Dean Baker has more than 25 years of research experience in occupational and environmental epidemiology. The primary emphasis of his research has been on community-based epidemiological studies. During the past several years, he has focused on developmental toxicity and children's environmental health. He has conducted several epidem...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.85 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198527926

ISBN - 13:9780198527923

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1. Dean Baker, Bert Brunekreef and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen: What is environmental epidemiology?2. Dean Baker: Review of basic environmental health and epidemiological principles3. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Bert Brunekreef: Environmental exposure assessment4. Dean Baker: Health effects assessment5. Ben Armstrong: Measurement error: consequences and design issues6. Dean Baker: Study design and methods7. Lianne Sheppard: Data analysis8. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Klea Katsouyanni, Giota Touloumi, Dan Wartenberg, Lars Jarup, Nicky Best, Paolo Vineis and Valentina Gallo: Special study designs and analyses in environmental epidemiology9. Paul Cullinan and Anna Hansell: The epidemiology of chemical incidents and natural disasters10. Isabel Romieu and Horacio Riojas Rodriguez: Environmental epidemiology in developing countries11. Dean Baker: Practical issues in study implementation12. Primitivo Rojas and Raymond Neutra: Stakeholder and participant involvement13. Colin Soskolne: Ethics and environmental epidemiology14. Nino Kunzli and Laura Perez: Health risk assessment15. Pim Martens and Maud Huygens: Analyzing and forecasting the future effects of global environmental change16. Raymond Neutra: The role and limits of epidemiology in policy arguments