Chapter 19. Epidemiology

  1. Peter G. Miller3,
  2. John Strang4,5 and
  3. Peter M. Miller6
  1. Mark Stoové1 and
  2. Paul Dietze2

Published Online: 16 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch19

Addiction Research Methods

Addiction Research Methods

How to Cite

Stoové, M. and Dietze, P. (2010) Epidemiology, in Addiction Research Methods (eds P. G. Miller, J. Strang and P. M. Miller), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

  2. 4

    National Addiction Centre Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK

  3. 5

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  4. 6

    Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Medical University & South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  2. 2

    Burnet Institute Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research and Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176637

Online ISBN: 9781444318852



  • epidemiology;
  • epidemiology understood - distribution and determinants of disease in human populations;
  • uses of epidemiology - in alcohol and other drug research;
  • prevalence, cases of a condition existing in a population;
  • epidemiological research designs;
  • Doll and Hill's studies - of smoking and lung cancer;
  • study designs in epidemiology;
  • hypothetical basic design - for case-control and cohort studies;
  • difficulties in sampling bias - low-prevalence illegal drug-using behaviours


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Origins of epidemiology

  • Definitions and uses of epidemiology in alcohol and other drug research

  • Descriptive epidemiology

  • Epidemiological research designs

  • Analysis of case-control and cohort studies

  • Experimental study designs

  • Potential sources of error in epidemiology

  • Summary

  • References

  • Recommended websites