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Neuroepidemiology: Fundamental Considerations

Lorene M. Nelson, Caroline M. Tanner, Stephen K. Van Den Eeden and Valerie M. McGuire

in Neuroepidemiology

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195133790
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133790.003.01
Neuroepidemiology: Fundamental Considerations

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This chapter provides a review of essential concepts, including an overview of the nervous system and methods for diagnosing neurologic disease. Knowledge of the unique characteristics of the nervous system is essential to the design and conduct of studies of neurologic diseases. The chapter provides an overview of epidemiologic study design, emphasizing aspects that are particularly important in the investigation of neurologic disease. These sections emphasize the importance of defining the research question, choosing the study population, and defining study outcomes. A particular focus is the unique methodological considerations for studying neurological conditions.

Keywords: nervous system; neurologic disease; epidemiologic research; clinical research; epidemiology; study design

Chapter.  11648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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