Clinical Epidemiology

Clinical Epidemiology : The study of the outcome of illness

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Examining the principles and methods of research on the evaluation of factors affecting the outcome of illness, this book emphasizes diagnostic and therapeutic interventions - the factors most readily modified by health care providers. It discusses the various ways of structuring observations on patient groups, and appraises the nature and strength of inferences drawn from those observations. It also demonstrates how the results of this type of research, clinical
epidemiologic research, can be incorporated into the decision-making process utilized in clinical medicine.

The book contains a concise account of topics such as the assessment of the use of diagnostics and screening tests and their role in improving the outcome of illness, the evaluation of therapeutic efficacy through experimental and nonexperimental studies, and a particularly useful chapter on assessment of therapeutic safety. It is an essential reference and guide to the quantitative assessment of the consequences of illness for clinicians in training or in practice.

This new edition features a greatly expanded chapter on randomized control trials, and includes a new chapter on meta-analysis, authored by Peter Cummings. Meta-analysis, the statistical synthesis of data from comparable studies, was unheard of 30 years ago, but with the advent of increased computer technology, the method has been steadily growing in importance in the epidemiology community.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 165 x 243 x 20mm | 445g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 8 line drawings, numerous tables
  • 019530523X
  • 9780195305234
  • 2,325,587

Table of contents

1. Clinical Epidemiology: What Is It and How Is It Used? ; 2. Diagnostic and Screening Tests: Measuring Their Ability to Predict Adverse Outcomes of Illness ; 3. Diagnostic and Screening Tests: Measuring Their Role in Improving the Outcome of Illness ; 4. Therapeutic Efficacy: Randomized Controlled Trials ; 5. Therapeutic Efficacy: Nonrandomized Studies ; 6. Therapeutic Safety ; 7. Natural History of Illness ; 8. Summarizing Evidence: Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis
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