Chapter 4

Application of Epidemiological Concepts to Health Care Delivery

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehend the major uses of epidemiology in the restructuring of the health care delivery system
  • Become aware of the value of epidemiology as an adjunct to making medical decisions
  • Understand the value of information management in the improvement of health outcomes
  • Recognize the use of epidemiology in determining best practices in health care delivery

Epidemiology has been part of both medicine and public health since the first recorded outbreak of disease. Epidemiologists examine the health of the population, not the health of the individual—a practice often referred to as population-based medicine. Epidemiology has served public health departments ...

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