Oxford Handbook of Epidemiology for Clinicians

ISBN : 9780198529880

Helen Ward; Mireille B. Toledano; Gavin Shaddick; Bethan Davies; Paul Elliott
416 Pages
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106 x 180 mm
Pub date
May 2012
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The Oxford Handbook of Epidemiology for Clinicians provides all the information required by students and junior doctors who need to understand and translate key epidemiological concepts into medical practice. Unlike standard textbooks in this area, the focus throughout is on clinical applications of epidemiological knowledge. Divided into four sections, the handbook begins with the basics of epidemiology in the clinic, moving on to the theories behind evidence-based practice, discussions of optimum methods and studies, and then ends by looking at the epidemiology of common diseases. The material is presented in a logical manner, from problems to the most appropriate solutions or tools to be applied. Interesting topics such as controversies in prevention intervention encourage discussion and thought, and the authors pose sensible and important questions throughout. This handbook is a must for all junior doctors, medical students, and clinicians who need to apply epidemiological concepts to day-to-day practice or who want a practical step-by-step guide to undertaking research, conducting reviews of evidence, or writing up publications.


1. The diagnostic process
2. Management decisions
3. Risk communication and promoting health
4. Finding and summarizing evidence
5. Preventive medicine and screening
6. Evaluating clinical practice
7. Types of study
8. Sources of data
9. Statistical concepts
10. Statistical techniques in clinical medicine
11. Global burden of disease
12. Epidemiology of diseases

About the author: 

Helen Ward is Professor of Public Health at Imperial College London and an Honorary Consultant in the Clinical Directorate of Public Health and Primary Care in the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She is Director of Education for the School of Public Health and has extensive experience teaching epidemiology, public and global health to medical students and health professionals. She leads a research group working on the epidemiology and control of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and directs Imperial's Centre for Patient Experience Research.; Dr Mireille Toledano is a senior lecturer in epidemiology at Imperial College London and an investigator of the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health specialising in environmental epidemiology and exposure assessment. She is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, following successful completion of a postgraduate certificate in higher education at Imperial College London.; Paul Elliott is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at Imperial College London and an Honorary Consultant in the Clinical Directorate of Public Health and Primary Care in the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He is also the Director of the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health which coordinates a major programme of scientific research and postgraduate training in the health effects of environmental pollutants. He has particular interests in clinical biobanks and molecular epidemiology.; Gavin Shaddick is Reader in statistics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at University of Bath. He has previously held positions as a lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Bath, a research assistant at the Department of Epidemiology at Imperial College, London, and a research assistant and fellow at the Environmental Epidemiology Unit, London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. ; Bethan Davies studied Medicine at Cambridge University and is training in Public Health. She is currently working as a Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London.

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