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Epidemiology: An introduction
Public health interventions need to be built on an evidence base and part of this evidence comes from epidemiology: the study of how and why diseases occur. Epidemiology is a bit like a game of detection. It involves identifying diseases, finding out which groups of people are at risk, tracking down causes and so on. This free course, Epidemiology: An introduction, looks at some key types of data used in epidemiology, such as statistics on death and ill health, and introduces some techniques use
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Work and mental health
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties could take paid employment if it were not for numerous barriers in the workplace and the wider community (Centre for Mental Health, 2013). In this free course, Work and mental health, you will look at some of the ways in which employment affects mental health and what can be done to support people in finding and keeping work.
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Drug development process: combating pain
Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the development of a commercial drug product available in the clinic for pain relief or as an anti-inflammatory. First published on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 as
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Introducing public health
This free course, Introducing public health, presents some key elements of public health and health promotion. It considers the scope and focus of public health and how it is subject to change and located within the wider global context. First published on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 as Author(s): Creator not set

5.4 The politics of disability

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Below you will find links to three support groups. You can select just one of the groups or you may choose to look at all three. Answe
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8.2 Summary

Enid and Sarah mentioned relatives and friends, but the others sounded as if they were managing on their own, or within their immediate family unit. Care work can be an isolating experience. The hours are long. Sometimes they are unpredictable, and being cared for doesn't always mean that you're necessarily going to be able to have the time or energy to develop other relationships. You might like to consider whether demographic changes are likely to have an effect on who is available for care
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3 Audio clip 2: John Avery

Figure 2: John Avery (right) with Mr Asghor

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Conclusion

The course has covered a wide range of issues that are designed to make you reflect on your own life experiences and on the experiences and perceptions of service users and practitioners. The title , ‘Focusing on individuals’, reminds you that social work is about working with people, as service users and as colleagues, and that you are also one of the people in this process. We hope that working through it has prompted you to reflect on your own practices, feelings, thoughts and reaction
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2.14 Extract 2 References

Armstrong, D. (1987) ‘Silence and truth in death and dying’, Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 24, No. 8, pp. 651–7.

Armstrong, D. (1993) ‘Public health spaces and the fabrication of identity’, Sociology, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 393–410.

Budd, S. and Sharma, U. (1994) The Healing Bond: The Patient-Practitioner Relationship and Therapeutic Responsibility, London, Routledge.

Busby, H. (1996) Alternative medicines/alternative knowledges: putting fle
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1.1.1 Where do we get our energy from?

The world's current energy systems have been built around the many advantages of fossil fuels, and we now depend overwhelmingly upon them. Concerns that supplies will 'run out' in the short-to-medium term have probably been exaggerated, thanks to the continued discovery of new reserves and the application of increasingly advanced exploration technologies. Nevertheless it remains the case that fossil fuel reserves are ultimately finite. In the long term they will eventually become depleted and
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1.1.1 The Blackwater estuary

‘Between the mouths of the Blackwater and the Colne, on the east coast of Essex, lies an extensive, marshy tract veined and fre
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Introduction

This course interrogates the idea of a globalised world by showing how inequalities in access to material wealth and expectations of lifestyle, which have been created historically between the US and Mexico, produces border tensions as Mexicans seek entry to the US to do jobs that resident American citizens will not undertake for the wages offered. It is particularly relevant currently in the context of debates about free trade and movement of workforce to where they could find work, and tha
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References

Alexander, G. (2002) eGaia: Growing a Peaceful, Sustainable Earth through Communications, Florida, Lighthouse Books.
Allinson, C.W. and Hayes, J. (1996) 'The cognitive style index: a measure of intuition-analysis for organizationa
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2.7 Ecological footprinting

How do we practically re-engage with the world and breakaway from the confines of reductionist thinking? Since we are both part of the problem and part of the solution, we need to start collecting Author(s): The Open University

2.6 Indicators

How you function in the world depends on the validity of the models you create: models of your surroundings; models of your actions; models of past events; and models of future predictions. In order to check whether your models are serving a useful purpose, you need to gather Author(s): The Open University

2.5 Interdependence

The first step in transforming the way you think involves coming to terms with the fact that you are not an independent, isolated object, but rely on Author(s): The Open University

2.3 Threats to the living planet

An idea, a relationship, can go extinct, just like an animal or plant. The idea in this case is 'nature', the separate and wild province, the world apart from man to which he adapted, under whose rules he was born and died. In the pa
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