What is the relevance of epidemiology to decision-making in the health services? If our ability to launch large-scale experimental studies of health services is limited, what are some alternative approaches to study design? How can we best make use of routinely collected data from health information systems? How can we best synthesize information to make more reasonable inferences? These are some of the many questions that the authors of this volume answer in a comprehensive and lucid manner.
Epidemiology and Health Services is different from other books in the field. Many books and specialized publications have presented a comprehensive picture of epidemiologic methods, but they have not shown in a systematic way how these methods apply to health services. This book fills the gap, and goes even further by analyzing the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic methods in the context of health care delivery, and discussing approaches for making pertinent references in actual cases. Part I offers strategies for problem investigation, problem solving, and program development and evaluation. These introductory chapters also provide the necessary grounding in terminology. Part II applies the most important methods in epidemiology to health services research and development. Each of the nine chapters in this section begins with a theoretical overview of specific methods and then presents case studies. The cases are based on published investigations of health services and are followed by questions and discussions that guide readers through the most significant issues.
The book addresses the needs of a broad spectrum of health professionals. It will help health service administrators, managers and other professionals design and conduct evaluative and intervention research on the delivery of health services. It will also give epidemiology and public health students a wider perspective on the various applications of the discipline.
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Haroutune K. Armenian is Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has been actively involved in the development of health services and educational programs for health professionals in many countries for over twenty years.
Sam Shapiro is Emeritus Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
"The descriptions of methods and their applications generally are very well done, and the chapters on public health surveillance and on meta-analysis are particularly outstanding....because of its excellent description of methods of inquiry, this book can be a great help in all
countries."--American Journal of Epidemiology
"A good book for the researcher or student who is beginning to explore the interdisciplinary work of epidemiology and health services research and policy... a timely and important book. It is well-written and easy to read. Epidemiology and Health Services will serve as a good textbook for an
introductory course in health services epidemiology or for health services managers and administrators."--Alexander Ortega (University of Pennsylvania) in Epidemiology Monitor
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