Practical Psychiatric Epidemiology

Practical Psychiatric Epidemiology

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Epidemiology is a practical discipline involving the systematic study of health, disease, and human behaviour in the natural world. It aims to describe the extent and pattern of a problem: who, when and where people become ill, and then to explain these observations. Practical Psychiatric Epidemiology provides a general introduction to epidemiological techniques for psychiatric research. As demand grows for evidence based practice in psychiatry, there is increasing use of epidemiological methods for studies into causes, prognosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders; however, working in the field of mental health throws up its own particular challenges. This book explains how to adapt the tried and tested methods used in generic epidemiology to the special circumstances of psychiatric epidemiology. The result is a comprehensive introduction to the field, accessible to clinicians, in practice and in training, as well as those embarking on a career in mental health research. It will also be of interest to those from outside the sphere of mental health, interested in the special methodological difficulties more

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  • Paperback | 428 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous tables and figures
  • 0198515510
  • 9780198515517
  • 481,845

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The chapters are all extremely well written ... this is an excellent book, certainly required reading for anyone embarking on a career in psychiatric research. It should also prove useful for trainee psychiatrists preparing for their Membership examinations ... I also suspect this book is destined to become a core text for many courses on psychiatric research. Primary Care Mental Health, Vol 2, Issue 2show more

Table of contents

SECTION 1 - BASIC PRINCIPLES ; 1. The development of psychiatric epidemiology ; 2. Measurement in psychiatry ; 3. Cultural issues in measurement and research ; 4. Ethics and research in psychiatry ; SECTION 2 - STUDY DESIGN ; 5. Introduction to epidemiological study designs ; 6. Ecological and cross-level studies ; 7. Cross-sectional surveys ; 8. The case-control study ; 9. Cohort studies ; 10. Randomised controlled trials ; 11. Research synthesis: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis ; SECTION 3 - INTERPRETATION ; 12. Inference 1: chance, bias and confounding ; 13. Inference 2: causation ; 14. Statistical methods in psychiatric epidemiology I: a statistician's perspective ; 15. Statistical methods in psychiatric epidemiology II: an epidemiologist's perspective ; 16. Critical appraisal ; SECTION 4 - SPECIAL TOPICS ; 17. Genetic epidemiology I: behavioural genetics ; 18. Genetic epidemiology II: molecular genetics ; 19. Health economics for psychiatric epidemiology ; 20. Qualitative research ; 21. Psychiatric epidemiology - looking to the futureshow more