Epidemiology Primer

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Epidemiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach


Advances in population health science and population health management are grounded in the utilization of epidemiologic a information. Epidemiologic studies provide another set of tools to assist the epidemiologist to understand the distribution and determinants of health in a population. Thinking epidemiologically integrates scientific method, epidemiologic reasoning, and the epidemiologic triad into a coherent thought pattern. Epidemiologic thinking uses an integrative investigative approach to understanding the distribution of health conditions and determinants of health conditions within a population to develop preventive and therapeutic population-based strategies. This chapter provides an understanding of the definition and scope of epidemiology. It describes a comparison of descriptive and analytic epidemiology and demonstrates an understanding of the epidemiologic process. The chapter compares the similarities and differences in the epidemiologic approach and scientific methods and analyzes a health or disease-related condition using the epidemiologic triad. It describes the differences in the epidemiologic tools.

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Epidemiology For The Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach