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Epidemiology Systems Approach



The Problem-Oriented Epidemiologic Approach

It consists of two major steps. These are:

1. Problem Identification and Definition
2. Problem Solution or Management

Problem Identification and Definition: in Biomedicine in general and Epidemiology in particular, the first problem-solving step classically leads to the what is referred to as DIAGNOSIS. Note that this also is the first decision-making step in medicine.

Problem Solution or Problem Management: once a problem has been identified and well understood, the next step is to solve the problem. This general area is referred to as Problem Management since quite often the problem has to be managed (it may not be easily resolved).

Clearly, the eventual goal of epidemiologic efforts is to PREVENT or CONTROL diseases and unhealthy or unsafe conditions in populations of humans or animals.








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