Epidemiological research methods. Part VII. Epidemiological research in health planning
The goal of epidemiology is to improve the health status of human populations. In our series thus far we have srressed the need to use the correct design for epidemiological studies, a sampling scheme that yields interpretable results, measurements that are both valid and reliable, and finally the appropriate analysis. These methodological considerations are of importance if the goal is to be reached. In this article we assume that most of these issues have been adequately dealt with and focus on how the results of epidemiological research can be used by health planners to improve the health status of regions and the country as a whole.