Special Issue "Spatial Epidemiology"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)
Prof. Dr. Peter Congdon
Department of Geography and Life Sciences Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, UK
Phone: 44 207 882 8200
Interests: spatial epidemiology; Bayesian modeling of health outcomes; small area disease prevalence estimation; area mortality; geographic and socioeconomic inequalities in chronic disease and mental health; suicidology
The development of spatial epidemiology has been assisted by conceptual advances (e.g. ecological approaches to health encompassing both individual and contextual influences), and by new methods (e.g. clustering methods, multilevel models, Bayesian approaches). There remains much scope to establish in what way places affect health outcomes, and how important contextual effects are. For example, the operationalisation and measurement of relevant spatial variables, often latent constructs rather than directly observed, is often problematic and can affect levels of explanation of health outcomes attributed to contextual variables. Other issues are the changing impacts on health of area variables according to the area scale adopted, how to represent unmeasured spatially correlated influences on health outcomes, and how to measure spatial clustering in spatial health relativities or area risk factors. This special issue has a broad focus on recent advances in spatial epidemiology, and both theoretical and empirical submissions are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Peter Congdon
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- spatial clustering
- spatial autocorrelation
- contextual influences on health, area effects
- relevance of scale, modifiable areal unit problem
- spatial regression
- multilevel models
- air pollution and health
- measuring contextual influences/exposures
- spatial latent variable models