Disease Incidence and Prevalence

  • J. Christopher Shank

Abstract

It is important that a textbook for a major medical discipline such as family medicine include a discussion of disease incidence and prevalence. This suggests a technical discussion of the basic epidemiology of “diseases” seen in modern family practice. However, the ensuing discussion of statistics and rates must begin with a discussion of patients and their perceptions of “dis-ease.” The second section will introduce the interdependence of epidemiology with family medicine and lead into a definition of the basic epidemiologic concepts: incidence and prevalence.

Keywords

Family Physician Disease Incidence Acute Otitis Medium Family Practice Newborn Care 
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