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The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual$
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Sonja A. Rasmussen and Richard A. Goodman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190933692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190933692.001.0001

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Describing Epidemiologic Data

Describing Epidemiologic Data

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(p.105) 6 Describing Epidemiologic Data
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The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual
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Robert E. Fontaine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190933692.003.0006

Descriptive epidemiology is a systematic organization of reliable data to sharpen understanding of health problems. It addresses the five questions of what (the health condition), how much (counts, rates, and averages), when (time), where (place), and among whom (person). The field epidemiologist organizes these data into tables, graphs, maps, charts, and other displays to reveal patterns of a health problem by these five questions.

Keywords:   descriptive epidemiology, epidemiologic curve, rates, ratios, case counts, tables, secular trends, spot maps, patch maps, geographic distributions, personal attributes

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