Current Topics in Occupational Epidemiology is an in-depth study of contemporary issues and emerging themes in the field. Divided into seven parts the book discusses 'new' occupational diseases such as pneumonia in welders as well as 'older' diseases including morbidity and mortality among miners. Trends in society have encouraged the application of occupational epidemiological methods to new issues such as the ageing workforce, return to work after illness, and the migration of workers. These issues as well the extension of epidemiology to surveillance systems, systematic reviews, and economic analyses are discussed in topic
specific chapters. Written by leading international experts in the field, Current Topics in Occupational Epidemiology provides a comprehensive look at the current areas of interest and will be essential reading for epidemiologists, statisticians, exposure assessment scientists, physicians, and policymakers.
Readership: Epidemiologists, statisticians, exposure assessment scientists, physicians, and policymakers in universities, research institutes, industry and government.
Edited by Katherine Venables, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, UK
Kate Venables is a Reader in the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford. Her research has always focussed on aetiological epidemiology. Previously, she worked at the National Heart and Lung Institute on the epidemiology of occupational and environmental asthma, and also spent a sabbatical year at Harvard School of Public Health working on policy issues related to the prevention of occupational asthma. At Oxford, she has worked on a cohort study of mortality and cancer incidence in military veterans
exposed to low levels of chemical warfare agents, and also on the provision of occupational health services to university staff. She ran a major conference on occupational epidemiology at Oxford in 2011.
"The publisher claims the book will be essential reading not only for epidemiologists, statisticians, and exposure assessment scientists, but also for policy-makers." - Scandinavian Journal of work, environment and health.
Understanding old occupational diseases and evaluating the new
1: Judith M Graber, Robert A Cohen, Brian G Miller, and Leslie T Stayner: Increased morbidity and mortality among coal workers: lessons learned from well-designed epidemiological research programmes
2: Dick Heederik, Marian Bos, and Wietske Dohmen: Microbial resistance in livestock farming: occupational and public health concerns
3: Harvey Checkoway, Susan Searles Nielsen, and Brad A Racette: The search for environmental risk factors for Parkinson Disease
4: Keith T Palmer and David Coggon: Infectious pneumonia in workers exposed to metal fume
5: Stefano Mattioli, Stefania Curti, Andrea Farioli, and Francesco S Violante: Retinal detachment and occupational lifting: rediscovering lost knowledge
Studying new populations
6: Nicola T Fear, Josefin Sundin, and Simon Wessely: What is the impact on mental health and wellbeing of military service in general and deployment in particular? A UK perspective.
7: Elena Ronda, Emily Felt, Marc Schenker, and Fernando G Benavides: Methodological considerations in the epidemiology of work-related health problems in migrants
8: Harry S Shannon: Epidemiological studies of older workers: research questions and methodological challenges
Applying epidemiology to sick leave, unemployment, disability, and work
9: Alex Burdorf: Who returns to work after sick leave and why? Implications for the effectiveness of interventions for musculoskeletal disorders
10: Magnus Helgesson, Bo Johansson, Ingvar Lundberg, and Eva Vingård: Unemployment at a young age and future unemployment, sickness absence, disability pension, and death in Sweden
Extending the epidemiological approach
11: Raymond Agius, Malcolm R Sim, and Vincent Bonneterre: What do surveillance schemes tell us about the epidemiology of occupational disease?
12: Katherine M Venables: Investigating outbreaks of occupational asthma
Using the full potential of epidemiological data
13: Hans Kromhout, Ann Olsson, Susan Peters, and Kurt Straif: Occupational risk factors in lung cancer: pooling case-control studies for enhanced evidence
14: Jos Verbeek and Sharea Ijaz: Systematic reviews of occupational safety and health topics
15: Lesley Rushton, Sally Hutchings, and Tim Driscoll: Estimating the burden of occupational disease
Applying new concepts to occupational epidemiology
16: Thomas J Smith and David Kriebel: Biologically based exposure assessment for epidemiology
17: Neil Pearce and Marine Corbin: Why we should be Bayesians (and often already are without realising it)
Making full use of the findings
18: Oliver Rivero-Arias, Sue Jowett, and Marjolein de Weerd: Basic principles of economic evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions
19: David Coggon: Risk assessment for chemical and physical agents: how does occupational epidemiology contribute?