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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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Operational Aspects of Epidemiologic Field Investigations

Operational Aspects of Epidemiologic Field Investigations

Chapter:
(p.67) 4 OPERATIONAL ASPECTS OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC FIELD INVESTIGATIONS
Source:
Field Epidemiology
Author(s):

Richard A. Goodman

James L. Hadler

Duc J. Vugia

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313802.003.0004

This chapter describes certain critical operational and management principles that apply before, during, and after the field work. These principles encompass the basic steps of: determining whether additional persons from outside the jurisdiction should be invited in; initiating an invitation; evaluating and responding to an invitation; preparing for the investigation through collaboration and consultation; developing and issuing basic administrative instructions prior to departure to the field; and initiating, implementing, and addressing the aftermath of the field investigation. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of selected emerging developments in the operational approach to field investigations.

Keywords:   field epidemiology, field work, field investors, collaboration, consultation

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