Epidemiology: A Research Manual for South Africa offers an applied introduction to epidemiological research methods, for students of various health science disciplines who are required to conduct or reference epidemiological research. Directed at readers who are new to epidemiological theory and practice, the text explains fundamental concepts and methods in a manner that is clear and accessible. The text offers a step-by-step guide to the development of a research protocol and the application of epidemiological methods, and addresses specific content areas and methodologies that are important in contemporary epidemiological research. Examples focus on the
South African setting, highlighting regional conditions, diseases and health services.
- This fourth edition is comprehensively revised to reflect current knowledge and practice, and reflects greater emphasis on the complex burden of disease in South Africa as well as the use of routinely available health data for research purposes.
- The text includes new chapters on reproductive and perinatal epidemiology as well as injury epidemiology, and offers many new, local examples.
1Why do epidemiological research? A South African perspective
2Key concepts in epidemiology
4Community participation in epidemiological research SECTION B
5Planning a research project
9Population and sampling
10Data collection and measurement
11Exploring, summarising and presenting data
12Analysing and interpreting data
13Precision and validity: error, bias and confounding
14Writing a research report
15Health information and surveillance
16Burden of disease and mortality studies
disease epidemiology and outbreak investigation
19Non-communicable disease epidemiology
23Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology
24Mental health epidemiology
27Health policy and systems research
28Qualitative research methodology: an introduction
Appendix I: Standardisation (adjustment) of rates and risks
Appendix II: Random number table