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Field epidemiology: logistics

Helen Maguire, Irene A. Kreis and Virginia Murray

in Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199663415
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191759116 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199663415.003.0015
Field epidemiology: logistics

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Field investigation is exhilarating and challenging. Preparation is essential and good organizational skills help. It is important to stay organized and use pre-prepared plans in a flexible way whilst working with local stakeholders. Help from many local colleagues should be sought as the occasion demands. Focusing on what outputs are required helps orientation and prioritization of activities. Where findings are shared in the scientific literature the work of the full investigating team should be acknowledged and ethical approvals may need to be set up at the start to allow this to happen. Such reports are vital to improve health protection practise in the future.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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