Epidemiology : study design and data analysis by Mark Woodward

By Mark Woodward

Highly praised for its vast, functional assurance, the second one variation of this renowned textual content integrated the most important statistical versions and concerns correct to epidemiological experiences. Epidemiology: examine layout and knowledge research, 3rd Edition maintains to target the quantitative points of epidemiological examine. up to date and improved, this variation indicates scholars how statistical rules and methods will help clear up epidemiological problems.

New to the 3rd Edition

  • New bankruptcy on hazard rankings and medical selection ideas
  • New bankruptcy on computer-intensive tools, together with the bootstrap, permutation exams, and lacking price imputation
  • New sections on binomial regression types, competing hazard, details standards, propensity scoring, and splines
  • Many extra routines and examples utilizing either Stata and SAS
  • More than 60 new figures

After introducing examine layout and reviewing all of the usual tools, this self-contained booklet takes scholars via analytical equipment for either common and particular epidemiological learn designs, together with cohort, case-control, and intervention stories. as well as classical equipment, it now covers sleek equipment that take advantage of the large strength of latest pcs. The publication additionally addresses the matter of identifying the right dimension for a learn, discusses statistical modeling in epidemiology, covers equipment for evaluating and summarizing the facts from numerous stories, and explains the best way to use statistical versions in danger forecasting and assessing new biomarkers. the writer illustrates the options with various real-world examples and translates leads to a realistic method. He additionally comprises an intensive checklist of references for additional interpreting besides routines to augment figuring out.

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A wealth of aiding fabric should be downloaded from the book’s CRC Press web content, including:

  • Real-life info units utilized in the text
  • SAS and Stata courses used for examples within the text
  • SAS and Stata courses for designated strategies covered
  • Sample dimension spreadsheet

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3 Principles of causality A helpful set of principles for judging whether the information available is of sufficient quality to warrant a conclusion of causality were suggested by Sir Austin Bradford Hill. These have been adapted to produce the following seven points. Most of these have already been mentioned or illustrated by example. It is not suggested that any of these principles is necessary or sufficient for causality to be declared, but each will strengthen the evidence in its favour. 1.

The ‘disease iceberg’. fm Page 9 Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:15 PM FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES 9 of some minority ethnic group were reluctant to use the official health service. Underreporting of disease, or a biased view of the relationship between disease and some risk factor that is very common (or very unusual) amongst the particular ethnic group, may result. General population screening may be the only answer to this problem. 1 Incidence and prevalence As well as deciding how to define disease, we also need to decide how to count it.

3. There should be a plausible biological explanation. 4. The association should be supported by other investigations in different study settings. This is to protect against chance findings and bias caused by a particular choice of study population or study design. 5. There should be evidence of reversibility of the effect. That is, if the ‘cause’ is removed, the ‘effect’ should also disappear, or at least be less likely. 6. There should be evidence of a dose–response effect. That is, the greater the amount of exposure to the risk factor is, the greater is the chance of disease.

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