What about Epidemiology ?
Epidemiology is the study of the quantitative investigation of the factors that influence the state of health of the population. Epidemiological studies help identify those people more or less likely to have certain diseases. It also explores whether disease rates change over the years and in which areas certain diseases are particularly prevalent. Epidemiology and research is about how does the world work? That’s the big question. And it’s one for which our answers will always be ever so slightly incomplete.
Epidemiological studies compare different populations to provide insightful results. These conclusions from epidemiological studies are very important for the management of the health system. Thanks to this research, it is possible to observe the health status of a population. Thus, based on epidemiological findings, public health programs for the early detection of diseases can be established.
Clinical medicine also benefits from epidemiology. Because epidemiology is not only concerned with infectious diseases and epidemics, but with all sorts of diseases. The epidemiological approach is often used to develop reliable guidelines and provides physicians with advice on which diagnostic tests and treatments are useful.
Epidemiology is mostly involved in designing research studies, data collection and analysis of results. The study results will be communicated to support decision makers in healthcare, clinics and the public.
What about the Cochrane Collaboration ?
Cochrane is for anyone interested in using high-quality information to make health decisions. Whether you are a doctor or nurse, patient or carer, researcher or funder, Cochrane evidence provides a powerful tool to enhance your healthcare knowledge and decision making. Having proper knowledge helps to take informed choices.
Cochrane’s 11,000 members and over 35,000 supporters come from more than 130 countries, worldwide. Our volunteers and contributors are researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, and people passionate about improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere. Our global independent network gathers and summarizes the best evidence from research to help you make informed choices about treatment and we have been doing this for 25 years. And yes, Universidad del Cauca have active members of Cochrane Collaboration and it is part as affiliated center to Cochrane Colombia.