Epidemiology and Health Services

Hardcover | November 1, 1997

byHaroutune K. Armenian, Sam Shapiro

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What is the relevance of epidemiology to decision-making in the health services? If our ability to launch large-scale experimental studies of health services is limited, what are some alternative approaches to study design? How can we best make use of routinely collected data from healthinformation systems? How can we best synthesize information to make more reasonable inferences? These are some of the many questions that the authors of this volume answer in a comprehensive and lucid manner. Epidemiology and Health Services is different from other books in the field. Many books and specialized publications have presented a comprehensive picture of epidemiologic methods, but they have not shown in a systematic way how these methods apply to health services. This book fills the gap, andgoes even further by analyzing the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic methods in the context of health care delivery, and discussing approaches for making pertinent references in actual cases. Part I offers strategies for problem investigation, problem solving, and program development andevaluation. These introductory chapters also provide the necessary grounding in terminology. Part II applies the most important methods in epidemiology to health services research and development. Each of the nine chapters in this section begins with a theoretical overview of specific methods andthen presents case studies. The cases are based on published investigations of health services and are followed by questions and discussions that guide readers through the most significant issues.The book addresses the needs of a broad spectrum of health professionals. It will help health service administrators, managers and other professionals design and conduct evaluative and intervention research on the delivery of health services. It will also give epidemiology and public health studentsa wider perspective on the various applications of the discipline.

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What is the relevance of epidemiology to decision-making in the health services? If our ability to launch large-scale experimental studies of health services is limited, what are some alternative approaches to study design? How can we best make use of routinely collected data from healthinformation systems? How can we best synthesize i...

Haroutune K. Armenian is Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has been actively involved in the development of health services and educational programs for health professionals in many countries for over twenty years. Sam Shapiro is Emeritus Professor of Health Policy and Management a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Framework for Action1. Haroutune K. Armenian (Johns Hopkins University): Problem Investigation in Epidemiology2. Bernard Guyer (Johns Hopkins University): Problem-Solving in Public Health3. Sam Shapiro (Johns Hopkins University): Program Development: A Framework for Health ServicesII. Epidemiologic Tools4. Donald Steinwachs (Johns Hopkins University): Management Information in Decision Making5. Stephen Thacker and Donna F. Stroup (both at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): Public Health Surveillance and Health Services Research6. William Eaton (Johns Hopkins University): General Population Studies7. Haroutune K. Armenian: Case Investigation8. Haroutune K. Armenian: Case-Control Method9. Sam Shapiro: The Randomized Controlled Trial in Health Services Research10. Sam Shapiro: Screening for Secondary Prevention of Disease11. Donald Hoover (Johns Hopkins University): Analytic Approaches12. Steven Goodman (Johns Hopkins University): Meta-Analysis in Health Services Research

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"A good book for the researcher or student who is beginning to explore the interdisciplinary work of epidemiology and health services research and policy... a timely and important book. It is well-written and easy to read. Epidemiology and Health Services will serve as a good textbook for anintroductory course in health services epidemiology or for health services managers and administrators."--Alexander Ortega (University of Pennsylvania) in Epidemiology Monitor