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Decision model for an investigation

Irene A. Kreis and David A. Griffiths

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/9780199663415.003.0026
Decision model for an investigation

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The case study used here illustrates the steps that can be taken in response to an environmental public health issue and related them to the methods described elsewhere in this handbook. Usually, not all investigative steps are needed, but clear recording of the reasons for decisions is vital. Investigations, even to the level of a full-flung epidemiological study, often have useful community spin-offs, particularly if communication channels are kept open in the course of the investigation. If all involved are learning about what can and what cannot be proven, what the real issues are, and what remedial actions are possible/necessary then a widely acceptable solution is achievable.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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