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KNES 400: Foundations of Public Health Week 3 Notes

by: Victoria Dassing

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These notes cover the lecture material in Week 3. ENJOY :)
Foundations of Public Health
Shannon Jette
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Public Health, Epidemiology, Kinesiology
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Date Created: 09/17/16
Expanding Epidemiology: What are some of the issues and critiques? Monday, September 12, 2016 11:15 AM I Primary Goal of Chronic Disease Epidemiology a To identify association between exposure and outcome b The "science" of public health II Epidemiology - Infectious Disease a Germ theory i One agent --> one disease ii Agent is present in every case of disease 1 Ex. Cigarette smoking b Host --> Agent --> Environment c Why does this not work for chronic disease? i There is not only one agent 1 Ex. Cancer can be caused in many different ways II Chronic Disease Epidemiology a The term "risk factor" is used to describe these partial contributing causes i Ex. Cardiovascular disease - many factors can cause this 1 Each alone are not sufficient to cause the disease but together they contribute 2 More about probabilities opposed to possibilities II Analyzing Associations Chronic Disease Epidemiology a Relative risk: expresses how much more or less likely an exposed person is to develop an outcome relative to unexposed person b RR = incidence of outcome with exposure/incidence of outcome without exposure i RR > 1 : increased risk of outcome in exposed person ii RR = 1 : no risk of outcome iii RR < 1 reduced risk of outcome in exposed person 1 Can never have a negative RR b How do we conduct studies in chronic disease epidemiology in order to obtain measures of association? i Double blind ii Unethical to put subjects at risk II Observational Studies a Defined: Epidemiologist does not control the conditions, instead observes the associations between exposure and outcome i Cross-sectional 1 Limitation: a No temporal aspect b Did risk factor come first? Then came the outcome? ii Case-control (retrospective) 1 A bunch of people with the disease and then try to match them to physically similar people and ask questions to identify risk factors 2 Inexpensive and quick 3 Limitations: a Recall bias i The sick individual may remember their past and what RR were involved in their life ii Cohort (prospective, longitudinal) 1 Framingham - largest ongoing epidemiological cohort study in US 2 In-class videos notes: a Young couple, no money b Heart study and could receive a free physical exam c Had no idea that 60 years later she was going to be in it d Check-ups every 2 years e Children became included when they were born f Participant feels like a valuable contribution to society 2 Follow individuals along to wait until they die a Look at different exposures that could have led to death ii Overview of Study Designs 1 Past Prese Futur Design nt e Expos Cross- ure sectional outco me Expos Outco Retrospectiv ure me e/case- control Expos outco Cohort/prosp ure me ective Expos Outco Clinical ure me trials/interve ntions II Casual Claims are often inconsistent and contradictory a A few cups of coffee a day may lower risk of colon cancer -- NOT TRUE b Due to misinterpretation of findings II Critiques/Issues with Chronic Disease Epidemiology a Misinterpretation of finding, especially when translated to the public i Finding an association between presence of a risk factor (exposure) and a disease (outcome) DOES NOT PROVE CAUSATION 1 An association could be non-casual -- it could be a one-time observation due to random error or due to errors in methods/procedures used a Systematic bias b Measurement errors c Selection bias d Recall bias e Social desirability: lying f Interviewer bias g Confounders : hidden variables within the environment i Ex. Sedentary behavior --> increase in myocardial infraction ii RR include: age, smoking, iii Ex. Kids shoe size --> IQ iv RR includes: age 2 After controlling for bias/error, association seems to hold, one still should not infer causality a Best to think of exposure of interest as a risk factor for outcome i Association is statistical (not biological) ii Must work through number of principles used to infer causality iii Ex. Temporality, strength of association, consistency, dose-response, biological plausibility Expanding Epidemiology (II) : The Social Determinants of Health Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:03 AM I Critiques/Issues with Chronic Disease Epidemiology a Misinterpretation of findings, especially when translated b Loss of attention to wider social factors that play role in development of chronic disease i Shift away from looking at the bigger picture, environment oriented ii Excessive focus on lifestyle factors and individual risk factors 1 Why? a Rise in medicine and preventive medicine b "Accomodationalist" c Socioeconomic status b Health Issue Determining Direct More Distal Factors Contributing Contributing Factors Factors Cardiovascu Obesity/overw Inactivity Low self- lar disease eight Poor Diet efficacy Lack Access Hypertension Poor Diet Lack time (high Smoking sodium) Inactivity Stress c Social/Indirect Factors Structural Factors Educational opportunities Racism/Discriminat ion Poor neighborhood conditions Macroeconomic system Lack money, poverty Working 2 jobs I Upstream and Downstream Logic a Diseases are attributable to many causes, located outside and inside the body i The social life in the realm of the distal/ upstream ii The biological, psychological belongs to the proximal/downstream iii The distal and proximal are connected by levels 1 Societal 2 Community 3 Individual b Upstream Determinants of Health: influence more remote in time or position (ex. Distal) to outcome of concern and more difficult to link together c Downstream Determinants of Health: individual lifestyle factors (health related knowledge, beliefs, behaviors) that are closer in time and distance (ex. Proximal) to health outcome making it easier to trace links between them i Influenced by upstream factors b Example: A Polluted Water Source i Children with elevated blood lead levels 1 Downstream Determinant a Drinking water 2 Upstream Determinant a Poor management and infrastructure b Globalization 2 Downstream Solutions a Don’t drink the bad water - water filter 2 Upstream Solutions a Fix the water source b In-Class Participation i What might be a downstream factor shaping physical activity 1 Obesity 2 Stress- in the middle 3 Time 4 Accessibility 5 Education/knowledge 6 Lifestyle 7 Lack of motivation 8 Injuries 9 Asthma 10 Interpersonal networks ii What might be an upstream factor shaping physical activity 1 Environment a Unsafe neighborhoods b Lack of sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds 2 Lack of education - in the middle ii Falls in between downstream and upstream 1 Stress 2 Lack of education 3 Socioeconomic status II Ecological Framework - multiple levels of influence a Intrapersonal level: i individual characteristics such as: knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and personality traits ii Age iii Gender iv Genetics b Interpersonal level: interpersonal process and primary groups, including family, friends, and peers that provide social identity, support, and role definition c Community/Environmental level: i social environment 1 communities 2 Organizations 3 institutions ii build environment 1 living condition 2 Infrastructure 3 community design ii Natural environment 1 Weather 2 Topography b Policy level (social and economic) i Local ii State iii Federal policy iv Laws b SEM i Commonly used model or framework to understand causes of ill health ii Also used as a model to understand causes of a health-related behavior II Working Conditions and Health a Physical (material) aspects i Repetitive movements; heavy workload 1 Desk job 2 Exposure to chemical hazards ii Psychological aspects 1 Demand-control model a Very little autonomy, control 2 Effort-reward imbalance a stress ii Work-related opportunities 1 Vacation time 2 Gym membership


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