Injury Epidemiology

Injury Epidemiology : Research and Control Strategies

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This text presents epidemiologic methods for studying injuries and evaluating interventions to prevent them. It explains the formation of research questions, the sources of reliable and valid data, and the choice of research methods. The difficulties of applying rates and ratios to the evaluation of programs are discussed, and the use of economic concepts and policy analysis is covered. The Second Edition provides specific objectives for research needed in the various stages of injury control planning and implementation, including the types of data needed to reach the objectives. In a progressive, step-by-step analysis, the posing of research questions and the research designs that best answer those questions are illustrated. Examples of the use of surveillance systems to direct allocation of countermeasures of known effectiveness are updated. The false nexus between causation and prevention is clarified and the notion of the causal web is demystified. New studies of the effects of behavioral interventions, laws, and regulations are reviewed. The increasing gap between what is known and what is assumed in regulatory and cost-benefit analyses is more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 13 line drawings, bibliography
  • 019512202X
  • 9780195122022

Table of contents

1. Injury and the Role of Epidemiology; 2. The Search for Data and Its Uses; 3. Injury Surveillance and Its Uses; 4. The Search for Causes and Its Uses; 5. Human Factors and Attempts to Change Them; 6. Laws and Formal Rules Directed at Individual Behavior; 7. Controlling Agents, Vehicles and Environments; 8. Research on Treatment and Rehabilitation; 9. Injury Epidemiology and Economics; 10. Injury Policy Analysisshow more

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"If I were asked by a novice to recommend a book on epidemiologic methods for studying injury, I would suggest this one to provide a general overview of the area."--American Journal of Epidemiology"Begins with an excellent discussion of the various forms of physical energy that are the agents of injury, a description of the Haddon model of understanding the phases and components that comprise injury events and offer options for intervention, and a consideration of standard epidemiologic research methods. A useful review of limitations of current data systems and a description of methods for categorizing injury severity also appear. Throughout the book, Robertson has inserted provocative questions yet to be answered, which should stimulate epidemiologic studies over the next several years."--American Journal of Preventive Medicine"Robertson has produced a balanced and useful introductory text which provides a broad background to this field and should stimulate interest in an important area of epidemiology."--Journal of Epidemiology and Community Healthshow more