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2 Communication – 2: Presentations. Graphics. Design. Preben Aavitsland

3 Presentations

4 Talk to your audience Look at them (not at the screen) Loud and clear speech Hands out of pocket Hands away from face Use your hands Use manuscript only if you have to

5 Respect the time 10 minutes = 10 minutes You will use: – words per minute –1 slide per minute

6 Visual aids Transparencies –interactive –best for lecture –handouts Computer presentations –most flexible –not always safe –handouts

7 Preparation of visual aids Text first, then visual aids The less fancy, the better –Only very careful use of fancy animation and colours in PowerPoint Always related to what you say

8 Visual data Tables, graphs, charts, maps The simpler the better Make them talk Walk the public through Use the pointer appropriately

9 Food Specific Attack Rates, Outbreak of Salmonellosis, Prison X, Dover, Delaware, September 1992


11 Outbreak of Salmonellosis in a Prison, Delaware, 09/1992 Food Specific Relative Risks, Saturday September 12, Lunch

12 Graphical visual data Graphs, charts and maps One point per slide No 3D Appropriate colour palette

13 Palette for a quantitative variable

14 AIDS Annual Rates per 100,000 Population for Cases Reported May 1990 through April 1991


16 Visual reinforcements: bullet lists Leave them alone Use keywords < 12 lines < 5 words per line Break line prop- erly

17 Methods We conducted a retrospective cohort survey including all people attending the visit of the park A case was defined as a papular or papulo-vesicular pruritic rash, among participants, 12 hours or more after the exposure to seawater The Karaoke slide

18 Methods Survey –retrospective cohort –all participants Case definition –rash (papular or papulo-vesicular) –> 12 hours after exposure


20 Problems - 1 Underreporting No electronic network Outdated epidemiologists No guidelines

21 Effective text attributes Sans serif font Bold type Lower case letters Good contrast ) ) ) ) Serif font Normal type UPPER CASE LETTERS Poor contrast ) ) ) ) PreferAvoid


23 Ineffective text attributes : the bar code font

24 Poor contrast


26 Salmonella Environmental sources of the organism include water, soil, insects, factory surfaces, kitchen surfaces, animal faeces, raw meats, raw poultry, and raw seafood, to name only a few. Raw meats, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy products, fish, shrimp, frog legs, yeast, coconut, sauces and salad dressing, cake mixes, cream-filled desserts and toppings, dried gelatine, peanut butter, cocoa, and chocolate. Various Salmonella species have long been isolated from the outside of egg shells. The present situation with S. enteritidis is complicated by the presence of the organism inside the egg, in the yolk. This and other information strongly suggest vertical transmission, i.e., deposition of the organism in the yolk by an infected layer hen prior to shell deposition. Foods other than eggs have also caused outbreaks of S. Enteritidis disease.

27 Graphics

28 Contents Use of graphics Graphics in descriptive epidemiology –Time –Place –Person –Clinical features Graphics in analytical epidemiology –Comparison Designing graphics

29 Epidemiology Purpose Description –Time –Place –Person –Clinical features Comparison –Incidence rate ratio –Risk ratio –Odds ratio Methods Surveillance Outbreak investigations Other studies –Case-control studies –Cohort studies

30 Use of data graphics? Analyse data Organise Summarise Explore –trends –relationships –errors Present data Communicate Paper Poster Screen

31 The epidemic curve 1

32 The epidemic curve 2 Histogram –Area proportional to number –No space between columns –One population X-axis = time –Start before epidemic, continue after –Interval < 1/4 of incubation period Y-axis = number of cases –Usually one square = one case Easy to make in Excel





37 Finding the exposure period. Epidemic curve for an outbreak of hepatitis A Date Number of cases one case 30 days 15 days 50 days Exposure

38 The arithmetic-scale line graph 1

39 The arithmetic-scale line graph 2 For time series Show actual changes in magnitude X-axis = time Y-axis = rate (or number) of cases –Start at 0 –Breaks possible, clearly marked

40 The semilogarithmic-scale line graph 1

41 The semilogaritmic-scale line graph 2 For time series when –interested in rate of change Y-axis = rate (or number) of cases, semilog. –Straight slope= constant rate of change –Steep slope= rapid change –Parallell lines= same rate of change –Start at lowest cycle, e.g or 1-10 –No breaks X-axis = time

42 Gonorrhoea - by race and ethnicity, United States,

43 Source: Summary of Notifiable Diseases, United States 1993 Gonorrhea - by race and ethnicity, United States,

44 In graphs... Labels for axes, scales and legends Legends or keys if >1 variable Scale divison, appropriate scale Units of measurements in title No grid, no numbers No 3D

45 Counts and rates of tuberculosis France, Week Period Ending 31/12/ Week Period Ending 31/12/1996 CountRate

46 Descriptive analysis of place: spot map or area map Spot map Count of cases does not represent risk but burden Areas have different populations Population may vary over time –Seasons –Population influx (refugees) Area map Rates allow to compare risk across areas Choice of administrative areas (Instability of rates in small areas) Choice of ranges to display data

47 The two- variable table

48 Grouped bar chart

49 Stacked bar chart

50 Component bar chart

51 Bar charts Order –Natural –Decreasing or increasing Vertical or horizontal Same width of bars Length = frequency Space between bars and groups, but not within groups Tables are often better

52 Pie chart

53 The 2x2 table for a cohort study

54 Table from a case-control study

55 Design of graphics

56 Think data-ink Every bit of ink should have a reason

57 Designing graphics Show the data Use ink for the data Remove unnecessary ink Remove gimmicks No 3D Careful with colours





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