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Epidemiologic Study Designs

Tamar Lasky

in Epidemiologic Principles and Food Safety

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780195172638
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172638.003.07
 Epidemiologic Study Designs

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In order to prevent food-borne illnesses, lessons learned from individual outbreaks must be aggregated to identify key opportunities for intervention. Generalizing about food-borne outbreaks is possible using epidemiologic methods such as ecologic studies and case-control studies, but methods must be adapted to ensure food safety. Many methodologic challenges remain in applying epidemiologic principles to the study of food-borne illness.

Keywords: epidemiology; food safety; food-borne illness; study design; ecologic correlation; causality; outbreak; case-control study; attributable risk

Chapter.  6639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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