Practical Healthcare Epidemiology

Third Edition

by Ebbing Lautenbach, Keith F. Woeltje,

In recent years, issues of infection prevention and control, patient safety, and quality-of-care have become increasingly prominent in healthcare facilities. Practical Healthcare Epidemiology takes a practical, hands-on approach to these issues, addressing all aspects of infection surveillance and prevention in clear, straightforward terms. This fully revised third edition brings together the expertise of more than fifty leaders in healthcare epidemiology who provide clear, sound guidance on infection prevention and control for the full range of patients in all types of healthcare facilities, including those in settings with limited resources. A powerful resource for practitioners in any branch of medicine or public health who are involved in infection prevention and control, whether they are experienced in healthcare epidemiology or new to the field.

“A handy desk reference and an up-to-date primer for trainees and experts alike” —The Journal of the American Medical Association

“An essential for anyone in the field.”—Thomas R. Talbot, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center  

  • University of Chicago Press; March 2010
  • ISBN: 9780226471044
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Practical Healthcare Epidemiology
  • Author: Ebbing Lautenbach (ed.); Keith F. Woeltje (ed.); Preeti N. Malani (ed.)
  • Imprint: University of Chicago Press Journals

In The Press

“The editors and authors of the new third edition of Practical Healthcare Epidemiology have produced a text that covers both the basics of infection prevention and the most important recent developments. . . . Overall, the chapters are clear and succinct, making excellent use of charts, graphs, and bulleted lists to guide the reader to essential information. Several chapters are new to this edition, including much-needed chapters on quality improvement, Clostridium difficile, and government mandates. There are many highlights, beginning with a practical chapter on how to get paid for the work of health care epidemiology. The bulleted list of "tips and tricks of the trade" in this chapter, with its practical suggestions for how to set goals and choose battles, communicate and lead effectively, and run efficient and effective meetings, is alone worth the purchase price. . . . . The infection preventionist with 10 minutes between meetings to quickly review important issues in control of C difficile will find this text valuable, as will the infectious diseases fellow wanting a readable text that reviews the essential infection control issues and the hospital epidemiologist suddenly faced with the responsibility for establishing an antimicrobial stewardship program. . . . A handy desk reference and an up-to-date primer for trainees and experts alike."

— Daniel J. Diekema, Journal of the American Medical Association

“An essential for anyone in the field.”

— Thomas R. Talbot, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

"A much-needed response to the currently tough challenges posed to healthcare epidemiologists and infection preventionists. . . . Highly recommended reading for trainees and professionals in infection control--and healthcare epidemiologists in particular."

— Clinical Infectious Diseases

About The Author

Ebbing Lautenbach is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, associate professor of epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and senior scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Keith F. Woeltje is associate professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the Washington University School of Medicine and the medical director of infection prevention for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis. Preeti N. Malani is associate professor of medicine in the divisions of infectious diseases and geriatric medicine at the University of Michigan and a research scientist at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System’s Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center.