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There are few comparative reviews to guide the choice of a health status measure. The appropriate measure in any study depends on the health outcome being considered. Outside of the context of a study the only criteria on which an instrument can be judged as ‘good’ or ‘poor’ are validity and...
Since 1982 there has been an ‘epidemic’ of repetitive strain injuries in the workplace. Its recency, widespread incidence and threat to industry make RSI an important medico‐social phenomenon of the 1980's.
A study of communication to general practitioners from a rural hospital in New Zealand showed a need for the transmission of more social information about patients. The general practitioners stated that the information from the hospitals contributed to their continuing education as well as...
The biggest killer of young adults is road accidents, yet the enormity of the problem does not seem to impinge significantly on the public consciousness, mainly because perception of risk on the road is faulty. The way in which road accident data are conventionally presented does little to...
Family structures and the behaviour of individuals within families is changing. Assessment of these changes is, in part, a reflection of values. Difference in value—orientations towards the family can be an important factor in interactions between professional workers and their patients or...
(Much valuable health research information published by the various health commissions and health departments and by other academic and administrative units does not appear in hard‐cover, standard publication form and therefore achieves a narrower audience than it merits. Reports, handbooks and...
Large‐scale twin registers have been used in several countries for epidemiological studies of chronic diseases. They make possible an analysis of the health effects of environmental factors while genetic factors are controlled.
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