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Theme 1: Secret Garden


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Epidemiology
study of distribution and determinants of health related states or events in specified populations
Health related state
an outcome of an exposure e.g. death
Descriptive epidemiology
Count, rate, risk
Analytical epidemiology
Determinants - cause/exposure/risk factor
Scientific method
you can never accept the hypothesis - you can only 'not reject it'
Hypothesis not rejected
a fact is confirmed to such a degree that a disagreement would be peverse
Hypothesis
a testable statement that describes an observation
Cycle of hypothesis
Observations --> propose/modify hypothesis --> test hypothesis --> reject/not-reject
Null-hypothesis
the opposite of the hypothesis
Occam's razor
sometimes the simplest answer is best
Health outcome
the impact healthcare activities have on people
Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM)
measure's quality from the patient's perspective
QUALY
Quality of Life Adjusted Year
1 QUALY
1 year at full health (utility = 1)