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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Naomi Greene, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.001.0001

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Teaching a course in psychiatric epidemiology

Teaching a course in psychiatric epidemiology

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(p.338) Chapter 18 Teaching a course in psychiatric epidemiology
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Teaching Epidemiology
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Rebecca Fuhrer

Kelly K. Anderson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.003.0018

This chapter is intended to serve as a guide for developing a course in psychiatric epidemiology; that is, epidemiological methods applied to the study of psychiatric disorders rather than the epidemiology of specific psychiatric disorders. Methodological issues that are particularly challenging for this branch of epidemiology are emphasized, including the definition and identification of cases, psychometric issues for measures of psychopathology, the choice of study design and sampling frame, and theoretical models of environmental and genetic origins of psychiatric disorders. References to epidemiological studies of specific pathologies are included that are particularly illustrative of important methodological points. The issues raised in this chapter are not unique to psychiatry but rather reflect the current state of knowledge about the etiology of psychiatric disorders and the concomitant problems of diagnosis and disease classification.

Keywords:   psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric disorders, psychometric issues, psychopathology

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