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Spatiotemporal Patterns in Ecology and Epidemiology: Theory, Models, and Simulation

Horst Malchow, Sergei V. Petrovskii, Ezio Venturino
December 26, 2007

Although the spatial dimension of ecosystem dynamics is now widely recognized, the specific mechanisms behind species patterning in space are still poorly understood and the corresponding theoretical framework is underdeveloped. Going beyond the classical Turing scenario of pattern formation,...

Geocoding Health Data: The Use of Geographic Codes in Cancer Prevention and Control, Research and Practice

Gerard Rushton, Marc P. Armstrong, Josephine Gittler, Barry R. Greene, Claire E. Pavlik, Michele M. West, Dale L. Zimmerman
November 19, 2007

In the past, disease pattern mapping depended on census tracts based on political units, such as states and counties. However, with the advent of geographic information systems (GIS), researchers can now achieve a new level of precision and flexibility in geographic locating. This emerging...

Basic Concepts in Statistics and Epidemiology

Theodore H. MacDonald, Denis Pereira Gray
December 20, 2006

This book contains a Foreword by Allyson Pollock, Professor and Head, Centre for International Public Health Policy, University of Edinburgh. Healthcare students, practitioners and researchers need a sound basis for making valid statistical inferences from health data. To make the best use of...

The AIDS Pandemic: The Collision of Epidemiology with Political Correctness

James Chin, Alan Gillies
November 20, 2006

This work includes a foreword by Jeffrey Koplan, Vice President, Academic Health Affairs, Emory University, Atlanta, Formerly Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This groundbreaking new book blows apart the myths about who is at risk of getting AIDS and shows how these myths...

Health Care Needs Assessment: The Epidemiologically Based Needs Assessment Reviews, v. 2, First Series

Andrew Stevens, James Raftery, Jonathan Mant, Sue Simpson
May 01, 2006

This new resource in the series provides vital perspectives across entire new disease and service areas not previously covered in other volumes. The books of the first and second series are well established as the key sources of data on needs assessment. Together, they describe the central role and...

Statistical Concepts and Applications in Clinical Medicine

John Aitchison, Jim W. Kay, Ian J. Lauder
October 28, 2004

Statistical Concepts and Applications in Clinical Medicine presents a unique, problem-oriented approach to using statistical methods in clinical medical practice through each stage of the clinical process, including observation, diagnosis, and treatment. The authors present each consultative...

Health Care Needs Assessment, First Series, Volume 2, Second Edition

Andrew Stevens, James Raftery, Jonathan Mant, Sue Simpson
June 30, 2004

Health care needs assessment provides information to plan, negotiate and change services for the better, and to improve health in other ways. The first edition of this series established itself as a key source on health care needs for specific conditions supported by the Department of Health. Now...

The Changing Face of Disease: Implications for Society

C.G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, Jean Peters, Stephen T. McGarvey
February 11, 2004

Disease is an ever-present threat faced by all human societies. Today, this concept has become an influential area of study known as the global burden of disease, which encompasses contemporary health concerns such as the economic costs of disease, the societal impact of illness in developing...

Prions and Mad Cow Disease

Brian K. Nunnally, Ira S. Krull
October 17, 2003

The alarm sounded by Canada's recently confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has reaffirmed the exigency of establishing improved safeguards and more aggressive surveillance protocols in North America and around the world. Research converging on the probable causative...

Measurement Error and Misclassification in Statistics and Epidemiology: Impacts and Bayesian Adjustments

Paul Gustafson
September 25, 2003

Mismeasurement of explanatory variables is a common hazard when using statistical modeling techniques, and particularly so in fields such as biostatistics and epidemiology where perceived risk factors cannot always be measured accurately. With this perspective and a focus on both continuous and...

Clinical Audit and Epi Info

Antony Stewart, Jammi Rao
August 31, 2003

This book is designed to enable and encourage health professionals and family support workers to include fathers in the process of their work. It focuses on the enormous potential value of accessing men at a time they are known to be particularly receptive - before and after the birth - within the...

Statistics for Epidemiology

Nicholas P. Jewell
August 26, 2003

Statistical ideas have been integral to the development of epidemiology and continue to provide the tools needed to interpret epidemiological studies. Although epidemiologists do not need a highly mathematical background in statistical theory to conduct and interpret such studies, they do need more...