J. Patrick Vaughan, Cesar Victora, and A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury wrote it.
“Practical Epidemiology: Using Epidemiology to Support Primary Health Care” expands on the acclaimed Manual of Epidemiology for District Health Management published by the WHO Geneva in 1989 to provide a comprehensive resource for applying epidemiological concepts and skills in the context of Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), particularly for health workers engaged in district-level public health initiatives and primary healthcare services.
The book emphasizes the vital role of epidemiology in supporting the creation of effective health programs and the delivery of basic healthcare services. It effectively provides crucial tools to health professionals for planning, investigating, and implementing healthcare services customized to local situations. The book incorporates pertinent images and practical examples drawn from a fictitious district of 200,000 persons to illustrate these topics.
The book begins with an examination of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and World Health Organization’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) principles before focusing on the role of district health systems in supporting national primary healthcare. It emphasizes the importance of using epidemiological and demographic data in the development of localized and national health programs and services.
The book covers a wide range of topics, including health data collection, infectious disease outbreak management, the use of research and health surveys, data analysis and statistics, and the critical role of disseminating health results and policy. The book not only strengthens district health planning and primary care by using a holistic approach interlaced with epidemiological methodologies, but it also elucidates systems for monitoring and assessing progress. This includes advancements in healthcare accessibility, quality, and coverage, all while keeping ethical and equitable considerations in mind.
Furthermore, a thorough chapter is devoted to clarifying epidemiological vocabulary and definitions, making the book an invaluable resource for individuals looking to understand the A, B, and C of epidemiological principles.
“Practical Epidemiology” is intended for a wide range of health workers. It includes quick in-service courses, revision sessions, and undergraduate and graduate health professional training programs. Its practical methodology and insightful content enable healthcare practitioners to use epidemiological information to assist primary health care more effectively.