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Sick Individuals and Sick Populations

Sick Individuals and Sick Populations Abstract Rose G (Department of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E7HT, UK),Sick indviduals and sick populations. International Journal of Epiodemiology 1985, 14:32–38. Aetiology confronts two distinct issues: the determinants of individual cases, and the determinants of incidence rate. If exposure to a necessary agent is homogeneous within a population, then case/control and cohort methods will fail to detect it: they will only identify markers of susceptibility. The corresponding strategies in control are the ‘high-risk’ approach, which seeks to protect susceptible individuals, and the population approach, which seeks to control the causes of incidence. The two approaches are not usually in competition, but the prior concern should always be to discover and control the causes of incidence. This content is only available as a PDF. Author notes Based on a lecture to the Xth Scientific Meeting of the International Epidemiological Association, 27 August 1984, Vancouver. © International Epidemiological Association http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Epidemiology Oxford University Press

Sick Individuals and Sick Populations

International Journal of Epidemiology , Volume 14 (1) – Mar 1, 1985

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Oxford University Press
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© International Epidemiological Association
ISSN
0300-5771
eISSN
1464-3685
DOI
10.1093/ije/14.1.32
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Abstract

Abstract Rose G (Department of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E7HT, UK),Sick indviduals and sick populations. International Journal of Epiodemiology 1985, 14:32–38. Aetiology confronts two distinct issues: the determinants of individual cases, and the determinants of incidence rate. If exposure to a necessary agent is homogeneous within a population, then case/control and cohort methods will fail to detect it: they will only identify markers of susceptibility. The corresponding strategies in control are the ‘high-risk’ approach, which seeks to protect susceptible individuals, and the population approach, which seeks to control the causes of incidence. The two approaches are not usually in competition, but the prior concern should always be to discover and control the causes of incidence. This content is only available as a PDF. Author notes Based on a lecture to the Xth Scientific Meeting of the International Epidemiological Association, 27 August 1984, Vancouver. © International Epidemiological Association

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International Journal of EpidemiologyOxford University Press

Published: Mar 1, 1985

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