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Geographical epidemiology and ecological studies

D. English

in Geographical and Environmental Epidemiology

Published in print July 1996 | ISBN: 9780192622358
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622358.003.0001
Geographical epidemiology and ecological studies

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This chapter discusses geographical epidemiology and ecological studies. Geographical epidemiology is defined as the description of spatial patterns of disease incidence and mortality. Ecological studies describe the relationship between the frequency of disease and the level of exposure to a particular agent. Types of geographical studies, potential problems in the interpretation of geographical studies, geographical data presentation, and strengths and weaknesses of ecological studies are discussed.

Keywords: geographical epidemiology; ecological studies; disease risk; environmental exposure

Chapter.  4703 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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