Imperial College London

Dr Frédéric B. Piel

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 3346f.piel




Praed StreetSt Mary's Campus






BibTex format

author = {Piel, F and Parkes, B and Hambly, P and Roca-Barcelo, A and McCallion, M and Leonardi, G and Strosnider, H and Yip, F and Elliott, P and Hansell, A},
journal = {International Journal of Epidemiology},
title = {The Rapid Inquiry Facility 4.0: an open access tool for Environmental Public Health Tracking},
url = {},

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - 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 localised (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 powerplants.
AU - Piel,F
AU - Parkes,B
AU - Hambly,P
AU - Roca-Barcelo,A
AU - McCallion,M
AU - Leonardi,G
AU - Strosnider,H
AU - Yip,F
AU - Elliott,P
AU - Hansell,A
SN - 1464-3685
TI - The Rapid Inquiry Facility 4.0: an open access tool for Environmental Public Health Tracking
T2 - International Journal of Epidemiology
UR -
ER -