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Epi Chapter 7

by: Bahja Benford

Epi Chapter 7 HCMG 3701

Bahja Benford
Clayton State
GPA 3.37

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Intro to Epidemiology
Michael E. Dalmat
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Date Created: 03/07/16
Epidemiology Chapter 7: The Policy Arena I. Introduction -Moist noteworthy (and overlooked) area/use of epidemiology is using epi methods towards policy area-which is a growing concern for epidemiologists. - They have the knowledge (and skills) needed to get the data they need- as far as policy development is concerned. What do they do? - Research - Expert witness in a group (recs) - Testify before Congress - Advocate (for new policy) What is a policy? - Plan or course of action, intended to influence decisions, actions, or other matters. - Some can eventually become laws. Health Policy: related to the health arena (food, water, air related) - NOT LAW. Linked with the development of them. Policy Cycle: can be @ any level- state, federal, national. Most important: WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO ACHIEVE? (Policy definition) Adopt procedures- safety and health of a community. Protection from health hazards. - If the cycle doesn’t work, you have to start all over again. Groups Involved With H.P. Policy Actors: get the policy rolling from the ground up. Stakeholders: affected by the policy decision Special Interest Groups: specific cause (can include lobbyists) Example Policy Implementation: smoke free bars (state and individual/county) - First adopted in Cali. - Are not state laws! - Cannot smoke @ Fed. Facilities Risk: Likelihood of experiencing an adverse effect. Risk assessment: odds of someone getting injured, etc. Risk v. Benefit: decision analysis Steps in R.A: 1. Hazard ID: NOEL, LOEL 2. Dose-response assessment: 3. Exposure assessment 4. Risk characterization: all 3 in 1. Risk Management: specific actions. Control exposure in specific settings Screening for Disease Questions: Who should be screened? What conditions should be screened? Which circumstances should they be used in? What age should it begin with? Mass v Selective Screening Screening Test Desirable Qualities - Needs to be important - High cost benefit rate - Sufficiently prevalent - Effective treatment available - Reliability (consistent) and Validity (true measurement) - Test can be invalid and reliable but not valid and unreliable - Inv & Reliable: bathroom scale incorrect weight Positive Predictive Value: A/A+B x 100% Negative Predictive Value: D/C+D x 100% FN (false negative) is worse because the results are negative, but they have the disease. 80% or higher= GOOD RESULTS


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