Software application profile: The Rapid Inquiry Facility 4.0: An open access tool for environmental public health tracking

Frédéric B. Piel, Brandon Parkes, Peter Hambly, Aina Roca-Barceló, Martin McCallion, Giovanni Leonardi, Heather Strosnider, Fuyuen Yip, Paul Elliott, Anna L. Hansell

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Abstract

The Rapid Inquiry Facility 4.0 (RIF) is a new user-friendly and open-access tool, developed by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU), to facilitate environment public health tracking (EPHT) or surveillance (EPHS). The RIF is designed to help public health professionals and academics to rapidly perform exploratory investigations of health and environmental data at the small-area level (e.g. postcode or detailed census areas) in order to identify unusual signals, such as disease clusters and potential environmental hazards, whether localized (e.g. industrial site) or widespread (e.g. air and noise pollution). The RIF allows the use of advanced disease mapping methods, including Bayesian small-area smoothing and complex risk analysis functionalities, while accounting for confounders. The RIF could be particularly useful to monitor spatio-temporal trends in mortality and morbidity associated with cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases, or to conduct local or national studies on air pollution, flooding, low-magnetic fields or nuclear power plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)I38-I48
JournalInternational Journal of Epidemiology
Volume49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Disease mapping
  • cluster detection
  • epidemiology
  • risk analysis
  • surveillance

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