Epidemiologic Methods for the Study of Infectious Diseases

Hardcover | March 15, 2001

EditorJames C. Thomas, David J. Weber

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This is the first comprehensive text on the methodological issues in epidemiologic research on infectious diseases. It will be an invaluable resource both to students of epidemiology and to established researchers. The authors address such questions as: What needs to be considered whenenrolling participants in a study of sexually transmitted diseases? What are common sources of measurement error in population-based studies of respiratory infections? What are some sources of existing data for epidemiologic studies of infectious diseases? Answers to these and many other relatedquestions can be found in this well-organized, comprehensive and authoritative volume - the first to thoroughly address the methodologic issues in conducting epidimiologic research on infectious diseases. The book will be an ideal complement to texts on general epidemiology and infectious disease.An introductory section will make it accessible to a wide variety of disciplines by providing an overview of topics that are foundational to understanding infectious disease epidemiology, such as the immunology of infections, the biology of infectious diseases, and concepts of causation,transmission, and dynamics. The rest of the book is structured around sections on data sources and measurement; methods by transmission type; outbreak investigation and evaluation research; and special topics such as HIV/AIDS research, infections in the elderly, and research collaborations indeveloping countries.

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This is the first comprehensive text on the methodological issues in epidemiologic research on infectious diseases. It will be an invaluable resource both to students of epidemiology and to established researchers. The authors address such questions as: What needs to be considered whenenrolling participants in a study of sexually trans...

James C. Thomas and David J. Weber are both at University of North Carolina.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195121120

ISBN - 13:9780195121124

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Table of Contents

PART I: Foundations1. David J. Weber and William A. Rutala: Biological Basis of Infectious Disease Epidemiology2. Amy L. Peace-Brewer, Kimberly L. Kane, and James D. Folds: Immune Response and Methods for Detection of Infectious Diseases3. Dana Loomis and Steve Wing: Theories of Causation4. M. Elizabeth Halloran: Concepts of Transmission and Dynamics5. M. Elizabeth Halloran: Overview of Study DesignPART II: Data Sources and Measurement6. D. Peter Drotman and Marc A. Strassburg: Sources of Data7. Terence L. Chorba: Disease Surveillance8. Loreen A. Herwaldt, Michael A. Pfaller, and Stefan Weber: Microbial Molecular Techniques9. Robert H. Fletcher and Scott B. Halstead: Evaluation of Diagnostic TestsPART III: Methods by Transmission Type10. Jack M. Gwaltney, Jr. and J. Owen Hendley: Respiratory Transmission11. Karin E. Byers, Richard L. Guerrant, and Barry M. Farr: Fecal-Oral Transmission12. Frank J. Sorvillo, Amy C. Morrison, O. G. W. Berlin: Vector-borne Transmission13. James C. Thomas and Sara Stratton: Sexual TransmissionPART IV: Outbreak Investigation and Evaluation Research14. David J. Weber, L. Bernardo Menajovsky, and Richard Wenzel: Investigation of Outbreaks15. Harry A. Guess and Gary B. Calandra: Clinical Trials16. James C. Thomas: Community Intervention Studies17. Robert T. Chen and Walter A. Orenstein: Evaluation of Immunization ProgramsPART V: Research in Special Populations or Settings18. Ralph L. Cordell, Larry K. Pickering, and M. Louise Lawson: Research in Out-of-Home Child Care19. Laura C. Hanson: Infections Among the Elderly20. Sten H. Vermund, et al.: HIV/AIDS Research21. Maria J. Wawer: Research Collaborations in Developing CountriesGlossary Index

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"Overall, this is a comprehensive and easily read book of general interest. As an introduction to the place of epidemiology in the study of infectious disease, it is well worth reading."--Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2002