Epidemiology Paper

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Epidemiology Paper

Epidemiology Paper Many issues are at the forefront of public health, but prevention is still the topic most discussed by health professionals. This will always be the way to break the cycle of diseases and many other health-related problems. Using the epidemiology triangle and the basics of epidemiology teenage pregnancy will be examined. This issue is still the number one preventable problem in the United States because it is not a disease, it does not “accidentally” transmit to one person to the other, and it will continue to cause problems for the young parents. The definition of epidemiology is something that took a very long time and is often misunderstood. A CDC scientist found this to be true
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Pregnancy prevention uses both types of epidemiology. The descriptive methods are used to determine the patterns and the analytical method is used to figure out the items that cause it to occur. The analytical method is used more often because the causative factors of pregnancy in adolescents are often needed in the “approach with a level of complexity usually not found in descriptive epidemiology” (Szklo & Nieto, 2007, p. 4). Looking at the statistics of teenage pregnancy is something very interesting because one may be surprised to know what the patterns are in their state. Although certain states have lower rates it is still a problem causing issues for the United States. “The United States has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and teen births in the western industrialized world. Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least seven billion dollars annually” (Pregnant teen help website, 2011, para. 1). This is interesting because a prevention program would cost significantly less than the billions of dollars spent taking care of teenage mothers and their children. Although teenage pregnancy rates have fallen in recent years the contributing factors of teenage pregnancy may mean there will be a trend upward in the upcoming years. Some of these contributing factors are living in poverty, lack of access to or poor use of

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