Pandemic Epidemiology

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Epidemiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach


A pandemic impacts the entire health of the community and multiple countries at the same time. During a pandemic, it is imperative to engage the entire community and the healthcare system, and create international exchanges of information and science-a multi-sector approach. To effectively respond to and control a pandemic, it is necessary to have integration of all aspects of the healthcare system inclusive of but not limited to public health, primary care, episodic care, acute care, convalescent or long-term care, and care provided by nontraditional care settings such as community-based or nonprofit organizations. One of the concerns during a pandemic is overstressing the healthcare system to the point of collapse or inability to appropriately and effectively respond to the crisis. In a pandemic situation, clinical disease can range from mild to severe even to the point of causing significant mortality within the population. The chapter also presents brief snapshots of several historical pandemics.

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Epidemiology For The Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach