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Epidemiology: Tests of Significance

Commonly used tests of significance are

For qualitative data: (comparing two proportions)

  • Standard error of difference between two proportions
  • Chi – square test

For quantitative data: (comparing two means)

  • Unpaired – t test (the t – test)
  • ‘Z’ – test
  • Paired t – test

Chi – square test
• Applied on qualitative data
• Equally applicable on small and large samples
• Can be applied if there are more than 2 categories

Epidemiology: Basic Concepts

Definition of ‘Epidemiology’

The study of distribution and determinants of health related states in specified populations and the application of this study to control the health problems.

Aims of Epidemiology

1. Describing disease and health related events in specified populations
2. Understanding causation of disease and
3. To provide data for planning of health services

Types of data:

I. Qualitative-

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