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NeuroepidemiologyFrom principles to practice$
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Lorene M. Nelson, Caroline M. Tanner, Stephen Van Den Eeden, and Valarie M. McGuire

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195133790

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133790.001.0001

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Neuroepidemiology: Fundamental Considerations

Neuroepidemiology: Fundamental Considerations

1 Neuroepidemiology: Fundamental Considerations

Lorene M. Nelson

Caroline M. Tanner

Stephen K. Van Den Eeden

Valerie M. McGuire

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a review of essential concepts, including an overview of the nervous system and methods for diagnosing neurologic disease. Knowledge of the unique characteristics of the nervous system is essential to the design and conduct of studies of neurologic diseases. The chapter provides an overview of epidemiologic study design, emphasizing aspects that are particularly important in the investigation of neurologic disease. These sections emphasize the importance of defining the research question, choosing the study population, and defining study outcomes. A particular focus is the unique methodological considerations for studying neurological conditions.

Keywords:   nervous system, neurologic disease, epidemiologic research, clinical research, epidemiology, study design

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