Methods for health surveys in difficult settings: charting progress, moving forward

Bostoen, K; Bilukha, OO; Fenn, B; Morgan, OW; Tam, CC; Ter Veen, A; Checchi, F; (2007) Methods for health surveys in difficult settings: charting progress, moving forward. Emerg Themes Epidemiol, 4. p. 13.

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Health surveys are a very important component of the epidemiology toolbox, and play a critical role in gauging population health, especially in developing countries. Research on health survey methods, however, is sparse. In particular, current sampling methods are not well adapted for certain 'difficult' settings, such as emergencies, remote regions without easily available sampling frames, hidden and vulnerable population groups, urban slums and populations living under strong political pressure. This special issue of Emerging Themes in Epidemiology is entirely devoted to survey methods in such settings, and builds upon a successful conference in London highlighting problems with current approaches and possible ways forward. Greater investment in research on health survey methods is needed and will have beneficial effects for populations in need.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change


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