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Field Epidemiology$
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Michael Gregg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313802.001.0001

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Developing Interventions

Developing Interventions

Field Epidemiology

Richard A. Goodman

Robert E. Fontaine

James L. Hadler

Duc J. Vugia

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses decision-making regarding the implementation of interventions during the course of epidemiologic field investigations. It first outlines principles that public health officials should take into account when considering interventions. It examines key determinants often involved in making such decisions about interventions, including the severity of the problem being investigated and the extent to which causation has been established. It then presents a spectrum of intervention options from which public health officials can select as a function of multiple factors involving the field investigation, and briefly discusses selected issues and evolving approaches in interventions. The chapter concludes with a summary listing of actions relating to interventions that should be considered at each stage of the field investigation.

Keywords:   decision making, intervention, field epidemiology, field investigations

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