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Identifying and dealing with high-risk groups systematically and transparently

Harrie van Dijk and Wilfried Notten

in Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection

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Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199663415
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191759116 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199663415.003.0005
Identifying and dealing with high-risk groups systematically and transparently

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In many countries, it is the government’s responsibility to protect and promote public health. Instead of relying on the curative care alone, governments actively promote prevention approaches with the aim of providing health protection for all. A complicating factor is that people differ considerably in terms of their risk of disease and health impairment. How can such variations in the population be dealt with consistently, across a broad range of issues? Identification of high-risk groups requires a standard, well-documented approach. This chapter describes a systematic approach to identify high-risk groups for specific issues. It is based on a recent advisory report of the (Health Council of the Netherlands (HCN) 2011 a). The approach is illustrated with a case study on Q fever in the Netherlands, also based on Health Council advisory reports (HCN, 2010 a, 2010 b, 2011b).

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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