Field Epidemiology

Hardcover | July 15, 2008

EditorMichael Gregg

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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 noninfectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention, 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 health care, day care, and international settings; and the legal aspects of field studies. An entire chapter covers the propercollection, handling, and testing of infectious and noninfectious 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 andlocal 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 refernece to use in virtually any field investigation setting.

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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 noninfectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention, this book describes in simple and prac...

Michael B. Gregg, M.D., was Director of the Viral Disease Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ten years. He served as Editor of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for twenty-one years and was Deputy Director of the Epidemiology Program Office at the CDC for nineteen years. In addition, he is the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195313801

ISBN - 13:9780195313802

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Part I: Background1. Richard A. Goodman and James W. Buehler: Field Epidemiology Defined2. Richard C. Dicker: A Brief Review of the Basic Principles of Epidemiology3. Stephen B. Thacker and Guthrie S. Birkhead: SurveillancePart II: The Field Investigation4. Richard A. Goodman, Michael B. Gregg, and Jeffrey J. Sacks: Operational Aspects of Epidemiologic Field Investigations5. Michael B. Gregg: Conducting a Field Investigation6. Robert E. Fontaine and Richard A. Goodman: Describing the Findings7. Richard C. Dicker: Designing Studies in the Field8. Richard C. Dicker: Analyzing and Interpreting Data9. Richard A. Goodman, James W. Buehler, Jeffrey P. Koplan, and Duc J. Vugia: Developing Interventions10. Michael B. Gregg: Communicating Epidemiologic Findings11. Joan M. Herold and J. Virgil Peavy: Surveys and Sampling12. Andrew G. Dean: Using a Computer for Field Investigations13. Bruce B. Dan: Dealing with the Public and the MediaPart III: Special Considerations14. Verla S. Neslund: Legal Considerations in a Field Investigation15. William R. Jarvis and Stephanie Zaza: Investigations in Health-Care Settings16. Ralph L. Cordell and Margaret Swartz: Investigations in Out-of-Home Child Care Settings17. William E. Halperin: Field Investigations of Occupational Disease and Injury18. Jeffrey P. Davis and Guthrie S. Birkhead: Field Investigations from the State and Local Health Department Perspective19. Stanley O. Foster: Epidemiologic Investigations in International Settings20. Scott R. Lillibridge and Kristy Murray-Lillibridge: Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response: Issues for Public Health21. Eric K. Noji and Michael B. Gregg: Field Investigations of Natural Disasters22. Janet K. A. Nicholson and Elaine W. Gunter: Laboratory Support for the Epidemiologist in the FieldMichael B. Gregg: Appendix: A Walk-through ExerciseIndex