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Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology, Second Edition

Authors:
Harvey Checkoway, Neil Pearce, and David Kriebel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: 2004
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-509242-4
Pages: 372; hardcover
Price: $39.75

Comment from the Stata technical group

Occupational epidemiology concerns illnesses and injuries related to the workplace environment rather than those from nutritional, environmental, or pharmacological sources. Although all branches of epidemiology use the same basic statistical principles, Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology, Second Edition focuses on those principles that relate most to occupational epidemiology: hazard identification, accurate exposure measurement, the effects of measurement error in exposure assessment, and public policy development. Checkoway, Pearce, and Kriebel work through the standard statistical methods and end each chapter with an extensive bibliography, making the book an excellent desk reference for practicing epidemiologists, occupational or otherwise.


Table of contents

Preface
1  Introduction
Historical Background
The Scope of Occupational Epidemiology
2  Characterizing the Workplace Environment
General Concepts of Exposure and Dose
Approaches to Exposure Assessment
Reliability and Validity of Exposure Assessment
Combining Exposure Data from Multiple Sources
3  Overview of Study Design
Case Series
Cohort Studies
Case–Control Studies
Proportionate Mortality Studies
Connections between Study Designs
4  Precision and Validity in Study Design
Precision
Validity
Effect Modification and Estimation of Joint Effects
5  Cohort Studies
Basic Cohort Design
Methods of Data Analysis
Strategies of Analysis
Planning a Cohort Study
6  Case–Control Studies
Basic Study Design
Selection of Cases
Selection of Controls
Exposure Data
Data Analysis
7  Cross-sectional and Repeated Measure Studies
Study Design Features
Sources of Health and Exposure Data
Subject Selection Options
Methods of Data Analysis
Sources of Bias in Cross-sectional Studies
Planning Cross-sectional and Repeated Measures Studies
8  Occupational Health Surveillance
Defining Surveillance
Selecting Health Outcomes for Surveillance
Subject Selection Options
Methods of Data Analysis
Sources of Bias in Cross-sectional Studies
Planning Cross-sectional and Repeated Measures Studies
9  Advanced Statistical Analysis
Continuous Outcome Data
Dichotomous Outcome Data
Model Specification
10  Exposure and Dose Modeling
The Starting Point: The Exposure Portfolio
Summary Measures of Exposure
Understanding the Exposure–Dose Relation
Is Dose the Right Metric
The Dosimetric Model
Incorporating Inter-individual Variability into Dose Metrics
Exposure Weighting
Induction Time Analysis
Multistage Cancer Model
Choosing the Best Measure of Exposure or Dose
Strengths and Limitations of Dose Modeling
11  Special Applications of Occupational Epidemiology
Meta-analysis
Data Pooling
Risk Assessment
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