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Studies of disease clustering: problems of interpretation

J. Urquhart

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/9780192622358.003.0024
Studies of disease clustering: problems of interpretation

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In previous chapters, a distinction was made between the investigation of specific clusters of disease around a putative point source, and geographical surveillance, which involves the identification of areas of high disease incidence or mortality. Both approaches present difficulties for interpretation. This chapter discusses issues related to interpretation.

Keywords: disease clusters; disease incidence; point source; mortality; interpretation

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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