What is it about?
Epidemiology is fundamentally concerned with health events that occur within human populations. From a clinical perspective, its focus is often rooted in understanding the causes of and the natural history of diseases.This article sets out to demonstrate that many nursing research studies incorporate elements of as well as largely utilize epidemiological methods and that, consequently, much nursing practice is underpinned by such studies.This situation is reflected within many orthopaedic-related nursing studies. Nevertheless, epidemiology remains a relatively underused and misunderstood branch of research within nursing practice despite the fact that it offers huge benefit to the practice of all nurses, in all settings, and impinges on many aspects of our professional lives
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Why is it important?
This account sets out to offer the reader a ‘broad’ insight into what epidemiology is, what methods it uses and when and how it might be applied to orthopaedic nursing practice.
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This page is a summary of: The role of epidemiology in orthopaedic practice, Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing, February 2000, Elsevier,
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