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In many areas, studying the distribution of diseases is hampered by the fact that the study populations are small. The purpose of this lecture is to provide an introduction to some qualitative research tools which can be used in conjunction with the more traditionally used quantitative approaches described in a previous lecture to improve understanding of the epidemiology of injuries where the population size is small.

Dr. Stallones is a Professor and the Director of the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control funded academic research center. Her interest in research issues among rural populations and under-served communities began with research conducted among farm families and a stint in the Peace Corps in Micronesia.