Distinguish the difference between a case report, a case series, and a cross-sectional study.

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Descriptive studies in epidemiology focus on the patterns of disease occurrence with respect to person, place, and time. Examples of descriptive studies are case reports, case series, and cross-sectional studies. By describing what, who, where, when, and why of a health issue of concern, clues can be discovered to the causes of health and illness.

Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:

  • Explain person, place, and time in relation to descriptive statistics.
  • Distinguish the difference between a case report, a case series, and a cross-sectional study.

Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to ensure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Read from your textbook Chapter 6.
  3. Review the Chapter 6 PowerPoint(PowerPoint presentation) file.
  4. Write an initial response to the following prompts:
    1. Describe the variables person, place, and time with respect to descriptive epidemiology and give an example for each.
    2. Search OCLS for an example of either a case report, case series, or cross-sectional study on a disease that is of interest to you.
    3. Summarize the aim of the study, the variables, and the major findings.
    4. What statistics were used in the study?
    5. Post a link to your article.
  5. Support your initial discussion post with references that are relevant, scholarly, peer-reviewed sources, or authoritative professional organizations. You can utilize IWU Online Campus Library Services(new tab) to help locate these sources.
  6. Use APA Style(new tab) for all citations and references.

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