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Concepts of EpidemiologyIntegrating the ideas, theories, principles and methods of epidemiology$
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Raj Bhopal

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543144.001.0001

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Presentation and interpretation of epidemiological data on risk

Presentation and interpretation of epidemiological data on risk

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(p.235) Chapter 8 Presentation and interpretation of epidemiological data on risk
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Concepts of Epidemiology
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Raj S. Bhopal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543144.003.0008

This chapter introduces the ways in which data are manipulated, with a warning that the end results are often artificial measures that change (and sometimes distort) the perception and interpretation of risk, a matter of utmost concern to a science where communication between researchers, health professionals, and the public is critically important. Topics discussed include proportional morbidity or mortality ratio; relative risk; measurements to assess the impact of a risk factor in groups and populations; presentation and interpretation of epidemiological data in applied settings; and avoidable morbidity and mortality and life-years lost.

Keywords:   epidemiological studies, end results, public health, disease risk, morbidity, mortality

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