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date: 15 May 2021

Population Thinking

A Dictionary of Epidemiology

Miquel Porta

Population Thinking 

By contrast to Individual Thinking, a reasoning and mode of reasoning that dynamically integrates fluxes in human populations, sociogeographic spaces, and time. It observes, analyzes, and predicts the experiences of a whole group of people defined in a specific way (e.g., geophysically, socially, clinically, biologically).42, 211, 426 Population thinking is important—perhaps indispensable—for Group Comparisons. See also clinical study; prevention paradox; strategy, “population”.