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Epidemiology is a particularly attractive discipline for the media. It is present in many health issues, and also in the environment and technology, as it involves all types of health risks for the population. However, the statistical element and its technical terminology involves enormous difficulties for journalists and reporters.
The Esteve Foundation and the Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica (Spanish Association of Scientific Communication) has published the book Epidemiología para periodistas y comunicadores (Epidemiology for journalists and reporters). ???This is a tool that aims to assist information professionals to tackle epidemiology, which is such a tricky and at the same time, frequent area in the press.
The book is coordinated by the scientific journalist and doctor in medicine, Gonzalo Casino, and the president of the Asociación Española de Epidemiología, Esteve Fernández. It gives the presentation and debate that took place during the seminar of the same title held in June 2014, at the Madrid Press Association. In eight chapters, epidemiologists, statisticians and specialized journalists give an introduction to epidemiology with a range of explications and useful references for journalists in their day-to-day work.
For example, Erik Cobo of the department of Statistics and Operations Research of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, clarifies concepts that are very common in epidemilogical studies, such as prevalence, incidence or the odds ratio. Miquel Porta, professor of public health of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, discusses causality, confusions and biases in his chapter, while Carme Borrell of the Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona (Public Health Agency of Barcelona), focuses on social epidemiology.
The book also includes a list of 44 key messages for journalists who have to deal with epidemiological studies, plus a double glossary of terms and problems in translation, with twenty of the main terms used in epidemiology.
You can order your free copy of this Notebook Epidemiología para periodistas y comunicadores from the Esteve Foundation by clicking on Order publication, or you can download it in PDF below.
|Complete document||G. Casino / E. Fernández||[wpdm id=1347 type=”btn”]|
|Presentation||G. Casino / E. Fernández||[wpdm id=1348 type=”btn”]|
|Participants||[wpdm id=1349 type=”btn”]|
|1. Epidemiology and journalism: agreements and disagreements||G. Casino||[wpdm id=1350 type=”btn”]|
|2. What is epidemiology for?||E. Fernández||[wpdm id=1351 type=”btn”]|
|3. The most common statistical measures in epidemiology||E. Cobo||[wpdm id=1352 type=”btn”]|
|4. Is it true? About causality, confusions and biases. And about haste, damage and other concerns||M. Porta||[wpdm id=1353 type=”btn”]|
|5. Social epidemiology: the individual, the population and social health||C. Borrell||[wpdm id=1354 type=”btn”]|
|6. Can we act on the environmental causes of the illness? We can. Against anxiety, desolation and environmental denial||M. Porta||[wpdm id=1355 type=”btn”]|
|7. Fallacies in epidemiological research||E. Fernández||[wpdm id=1356 type=”btn”]|
|8. Where to find reliable information on epidemiology?||P. Alonso / G. Urrutia||[wpdm id=1357 type=”btn”]|
|9. Report on the session and debate between journalists and epidemiologists||P. Morales||[wpdm id=1358 type=”btn”]|
|44 key messages||[wpdm id=1359 type=”btn”]|
|Bibliography||[wpdm id=1360 type=”btn”]|
|Glossary||[wpdm id=1361 type=”btn”]|