Assessment of spatial variation of risks in small populations.

  title={Assessment of spatial variation of risks in small populations.},
  author={Wilson B. Riggan and Kenneth G. Manton and John P. Creason and Max A. Woodbury and Eric Stallard},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  pages={223 - 238}
Often environmental hazards are assessed by examining the spatial variation of disease-specific mortality or morbidity rates. These rates, when estimated for small local populations, can have a high degree of random variation or uncertainty associated with them. If those rate estimates are used to prioritize environmental clean-up actions or to allocate resources, then those decisions may be influenced by this high degree of uncertainty. Unfortunately, the effect of this uncertainty is not to… CONTINUE READING

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