Academic journal article Journal of Allied Health

Essential Epidemiology: Principles and Applications

Academic journal article Journal of Allied Health

Essential Epidemiology: Principles and Applications

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Essential Epidemiology: Principles and Applications

By WILLIAM A. OLECKNO. Waveland Press, Inc, Prospect Heights, IL, 2002, 368 pages, $34.95, soft cover.

Oleckno's Essential Epidemiology: Principles and Applications is an introductory textbook and general reference on basic epidemiology. It is a comprehensive, easy-to-read, and well-organized book. The text is suitable for use with undergraduate and graduate students in the health professions, including nursing, medicine, public health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, and related fields.

Oleckno's text comprises 14 chapters with 5 appendices, a glossary, and an index. The first four chapters provide an introduction to the definition, uses, history, models, and overview of study designs. Chapters Five and Six discuss morbidity and mortality rates used in epidemiology and methods of comparing rates, including rate adjustment. Chapters Seven and Eight discuss association and causation and methods for assessing the accuracy of epidemiologic findings, including concepts of bias, confounding, and sampling error. Chapter Nine relates to screening for disease detection, and Chapters Ten, Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen each discuss an epidemiologic study design. Chapter Fourteen focuses on disease outbreaks and disease surveillance.

The text is well organized with learning objectives and an overview at the start of each chapter. A summary, list of new terms presented in the text, study questions and exercises, and a reference list appear at the end of each chapter. Figures and tables interspersed throughout the text are especially clear, concise, and helpful in the process of understanding concepts. The question and exercise section at the end of each chapter enables students and readers to assess their own levels of understanding of the chapter concepts. …

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