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METHODOLOGY

Serfling RE, Sherman lL, Attribute Sampling Methods for Local Health Departments, Publication No. 1230, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Washington, DC, 1965, 178 pp.

The survey methods presented have been developed for the estimation of the proportion of a population which possesses an attribute of pertinence in the investigation of an infectious disease outbreak.  Many epidemiological variables, attack rates, seroimmunity, immunization histories and others are measured in this way. Collection of such data during the investigation of an outbreak requires analytical survey methods of simple design which be planned and completed in a short span of time.  The methods must be adaptable to health jurisdictions which include urban areas with detailed census tract block statistics, smaller cities, villages and open country areas for which only gross census information is published.

The aspects of epidemiological surveys that guide this presentation are:

simplicity in design with broad applicability to different population groups,

rapid planning and execution, and

use of interviewers with training or experience in public health.

Title, Forward and Contents (pp. i - xi)
Chapter 1:  Introduction (pp. 1-6)

Chapter 2a:  Classification of Socioeconomic Areas (pp. 7-13)

Chapter 2b:  Classification of Socioeconomic Areas (pp. 14-20)

Chapter 3a:  Sample Size (pp. 21-27)

Chapter 3b:  Sample Size (pp. 28-34)

Chapter 4a:  Selection of the Sample (pp. 35-42)

Chapter 4b:  Selection of the Sample (pp. 43-50)

Chapter 4c:  Selection of the Sample (pp. 51-58)

Chapter 4d:  Selection of the Sample (pp. 59-66)

Chapter 4e:  Selection of the Sample (pp. 67-74)

Chapter 5:  Identification of Primary Sampling Units (pp. 75-78)
Chapter 6:  Organization of the Field Work (pp. 79-86)

Chapter 7a:  Forms and Instructions (pp. 87-92)

Chapter 7b:  Forms and Instructions (pp. 93-98)

Chapter 7c:  Forms and Instructions (pp. 99-104)

Chapter 8a:  Tabulation of Data and Survey Report (pp. 105-109)

Chapter 8b:  Tabulation of Data and Survey Report (pp. 110-114)

Chapter 9:  Variances, Averages and Significance Tests (pp. 115-122)

Chapter 10a: Epidemiological Applications (pp. 123-127)

Chapter 10b: Epidemiological Applications (pp. 128-132)

Chap.11a: The Sampling Formulas - Derivation and Disc. (pp. 133-139)

Chap.11b: The Sampling Formulas - Derivation and Disc. (pp. 140-146)

Chap.11c: The Sampling Formulas - Derivation and Disc. (pp. 147-154)

References and Appendices A-C_a (pp. 155-161)

References and Appendices A-C_b (pp. 162-168)

Appendix D and Index (pp. 169-178)

 

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