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Sources of data 

Sources of data
Chapter:
Sources of data
Author(s):

Helen Ward

, Mireille B. Toledano

, Gavin Shaddick

, Bethan Davies

, and Paul Elliott

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198529880.003.0008
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date: 21 September 2019

Introduction: good quality data 198

Routine data 202

Clinical uses of routine data 206

Death certification 210

Referral to the coroner 214

Infectious disease notification 215

Cancer registration 216

The focus of this book is on the ways epidemiology can help clinicians in their everyday practice. In this chapter we approach the relationship from the other side and ask how clinicians can help epidemiologists. Epidemiological knowledge derives from research studies and routine data about health, exposures, illness, and outcomes. Routine data come from many sources such as the population census, population health surveys, birth and death certification, patient data, and registries. Clinicians have a direct role in recording much of the information that forms routine data....

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