Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology (Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

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Occupational epidemiology has emerged as a distinct subdiscipline of epidemiology and occupational medicine, addressing fundamental public health and scientific questions relating to the specification of exposure-response relationships, assessment of the adequacy of occupational exposure guidelines, and extrapolation of hazardous effects to other settings. This book reviews the wide range of principles and methods used in epidemiologic studies of working populations. It describes the historical development of occupational epidemiology, the approaches to characterizing workplace exposures, and the methods for designing and implementing epidemiologic studies. The relative strengths and limitations of different study designs are emphasized. Also included are more advanced discussions of statistical analysis, the estimation of doses to biological targets, and applications of the data derived from occupational epidemiology studies to disease modeling and risk assessment. The volume will serve both as a textbook in epidemiology and occupational medicine courses and as a practical handbook for the design, implementation, and interpretation of research in this field.

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Harvey Checkoway, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Neil Pearce, Ph.D., is Lecturer in the Department of Community Health at the Wellington School of Medicine in New Zealand. Douglas J. Crawford-Brown is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina.

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"This book will become a standard reference text and should be stocked by epidemiological and occupational medicine libraries. The style is clear consistent, and readable. The Introduction and sections on Overview of Study Designs and on Issues of Study Design and Analysis could stand along as teaching material on occupational epidemiology in introductory epidemiology courses. . . .sections on Characterising the Workplace Environment, Dose and Exposure Modelling, and Special Applications of Occupational Epidemiology Data are particularly welcome because they treat occupational exposure in more depth than the general textbooks, pulling together work hitherto available as original articles. . . .I strongly recommend the book to anyone wishing to learn about current methodology in occupational epidemiology." --The Lancet

"A remarkably well-written, easy-to-read, current summary of methods . . . . Chocked full of examples, tables, and helpful diagrams . . . . A valuable reference that is well-suited for a wide audience." --APHA Occupational Health and Safety Newsletter

"A very practical book. Even a novice will be able to use the techniques described in the first section, and to follow, at least conceptually, the procedures described in the second part . . . . This is an excellent book, which should be on the shelves of every library. It will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in occupational epidemiology." --Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

"One of the best written books on the subject. The style is easy to read, explanations of terminology are clear and concise, and there is a neat historical review of the development of the discipline in the introduction" --J. Soc. Occup. Med.

"One of the best written books on the subject. The style is easy to read, explanations of terminology are clear and concise, and there is a neat historical review of the development of the discipline in the introduction." --J. Soc. Occupational Medicine

"This book is a worthwhile introductory text to the emerging field of occupational epidemiology. It gives an extensive discussion of the practical problems to be faced in planning and executing occupational studies, and will be of particular benefit to persons starting work in this field of study." --Chronic Diseases

"An up-to-date presentation of research methods in occupational epidemiology is provided by this well-written and well-structured textbook. . . This excellent book is likely to become a standard reference text. All those engaged in occupational epidemiology should obtain a copy." --International Journal of Epidemiology

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