Epidemiology for Policy and Programme Management

Mary Ann Lansang, Rodolfo J. Dennis, James Jimmy Volmink, Sarah B. Macfarlane

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Lansang, Dennis, Volmink and Macfarlane introduce the reader to the value of epidemiology in providing evidence for health-care policy and practice. They provide an overview of epidemiological principles and methods, and offer some practical considerations in designing some major types of study. They emphasize the importance of asking the right research question, choosing the most appropriate study design and sample size, avoiding bias, presenting results with measures of uncertainty, and critically appraising and sharing findings with caution. Drawing on case studies from around the world, the authors provide guidance for decision-makers about the relevance of epidemiology to their work and about how to assess the appropriateness of evidence for improved policy formulation and implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Global Health Data Methods for Policy and Practice
PublisherBfi Publishing (Palgrave Macmillan)
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781137549846
ISBN (Print)9781137549839
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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