Measures of Disease Occurrence

  • Jørn Olsen
  • Kaare Christensen
  • Jeff Murray
  • Anders Ekbom
Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH, volume 1)


Setting priorities in public health planning for disease prevention depends on a set of conditions. Public health priorities should be set by the combination of how serious diseases are (a product of their frequency and the impact they have on those affected and society) and our ability to change their frequency or severity. This intervention requires knowledge of how to treat and/or to prevent the disease. If we have sufficient knowledge about the causes of the disease and if these causes are avoidable we may be able to propose effective preventive programs. If we do not have that knowledge research is needed, and if we know where to search for causes this research can be specifically targeted. If the disease can be treated at a low cost and with little risk, prevention need not be better than cure but often will be.


Life Expectancy Incidence Rate Diabetes Type Cumulative Incidence Herpes Zoster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jørn Olsen
    • 1
  • Kaare Christensen
    • 2
  • Jeff Murray
    • 3
  • Anders Ekbom
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Public HealthUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Public HealthUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdense CDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics, 2182 MedLabsUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  4. 4.Department of MedicineKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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