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Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology

by Dirk U. Pfeiffer, Timothy P. Robinson, Mark Stevenson, Kim B. Stevens, David J. Rogers, and Archie C.A. Clements
July 2008

This book provides a practical, comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the use of spatial statistics in epidemiology – the study of the incidence and distribution of diseases. Used appropriately, spatial analytical methods in conjunction with GIS and remotely sensed data can provide significant insights into the biological patterns and processes that underlie disease transmission. In turn, these can be used to understand and predict disease prevalence. This user-friendly text brings together the specialised and widely-dispersed literature on spatial analysis to make these methodological tools accessible to epidemiologists for the first time.

With its focus on application rather than theory, Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology includes a wide range of examples taken from both medical (human) and veterinary (animal) disciplines, and describes both infectious diseases and non-infectious conditions. Furthermore, it provides worked examples of methodologies using a single data set from the same disease example throughout, and is structured to follow the logical sequence of description of spatial data, visualisation, exploration, modelling and decision support. This accessible text is aimed at graduate students and researchers dealing with spatial data in the fields of epidemiology (both medical and veterinary), ecology, zoology and parasitology, environmental science, geography and statistics

  • The only introductory level text available, bringing together a specialized and widely-dispersed literature
  • Examines the use of GIS and remotely sensed data to understand and predict disease prevalence
  • Includes a wide range of examples taken from both medical and veterinary disciplines, and including both infectious diseases and non-infectious conditions
  • Provides worked examples using a single data set, following standardized nomenclature throughout
  • Structured to follow the logical sequence of description of spatial data, visualization, exploration, modelling and decision support
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