evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of the different methods and
strategies of search and rescue (128).
! Integrate knowledge
obtained from different disciplines. Most earthquake casualty studies have
addressed the problem from the point of view of a single discipline, either
that of engineers or that of health researchers. This lack of active
collaboration between workers from different disciplines has been a major
shortcoming of past research into the health effects of disasters.
Successful epidemiologic studies will require close interdisciplinary
collaboration among structural engineers, physicians, and epidemiologists.