PIMS UNBC Distinguished Speaker Series: Rhonda J. Rosychuk

  • Date: 02/28/2013
Dr. Rhonda J. Rosychuk, Department of Pediatrics (University of Alberta)

University of Northern British Columbia


Identifying Geographical Clusters of Presentations to the Emergency Department


Alberta has rich sources of administrative health data and the
Ambulatory Care Classification System provides an opportunity for
research focused on Emergency Department (ED) presentations. I have
examined the epidemiology of ED presentations for several respiratory
and mental health conditions in the province. These examinations have
motivated advancements in statistical methods. I describe approaches to
identify geographic areas with higher numbers of ED presentations than
would be expected by chance alone. These approaches build on statistical
disease cluster detection methods and allow for repeated presentations
from the same individual (a key feature of ED presentation data). I will
provide an overview recent methodological advances. The approaches will
be illustrated with ED presentation data.

Other Information: 

Location: 7-150 (Lecture Theatre), Prince George Campus


This special distinguished speaker series is on the occasion of Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE2013.org) and the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013.org)


For more information, please contact Dr. Pranesh Kumar at kumarp@unbc.ca or phone Marva Byfield, Administrative Assistant, at 250-960-6490.




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