Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance

Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance

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Public health surveillance is the systematic, ongoing assessment of the health of a community, based on the collection, interpretation, and use of health data. Surveillance provides information necessary for public health decision making. This text presents an organized approach to planning, developing, and implementing public health surveillance systems. It has a broad scope, discussing legal and ethical issues as well as technical problems. It goes beyond the surveillance of particular conditions to the basic elements common to the application of surveillance to any type of health-related problem. The Second Edition has been updated throughout and many chapters have been expanded. Several new chapters have been added on the changing healthcare information infrastructure, quality surveillance, pharmaceutical surveillance, and the use of surveillance information in marketing and advocacy. The standard text in this field, it will continue to serve as a textbook for public health students and a desk reference for public health more

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  • Hardback | 420 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • tables and graphs
  • 0195138279
  • 9780195138276
  • 2,020,826

Table of contents

FOREWORD; 1. Historical Development; 2. Considerations in Planning a Surveillance System; 3. Sources of Health-Related Information; 4. The Changing Health-Care Information Infrastructure in the United States: Opportunities for a New Approach to Public Health Surveillance; 5. Management of the Surveillance System and Quality Control of Data; 6. Analyzing and Interpreting Surveillance Data: Special Analytic Issues; 7. Communicating Information for Action within the Public Health System; 8. Evaluating Public Health Surveillance; 9. Ethical Issues; 10. Public Health Surveillance and the Law; 11. Computerizing Public Health Surveillance Systems; 12. State and Local Issues in Surveillance; 13. Surveillance Issues and Information Systems in International Health; 14. Surveillance of Quality in Health Care; 15. Surveillance of Pharmaceuticals; 16. Using Surveillance Information in Communications, Marketing, and Advocacyshow more

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From reviews of the First Edition: "This book brings together the theoretical and practical information crucial to 'planning, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating surveillance information in the context of contemporary society and public health practice.' Nearly all the contributors are former or currently epidemiology specialists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the 13 chapters of the book systematically cover the subject....The volume not only discusses system design and data interpretation but also includes chapters on ethical and legal issues, computerized surveillance, and questions particular surveillance in developing countries." --American Journal of Public Healthshow more

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