1. Overview of the principles of nutritional epidemiology

Barrie M. Margetts and Michael Nelson

in Design Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology

Second edition

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780192627391
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723704 | DOI:
1. Overview of the principles of nutritional epidemiology

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This chapter sets out the basic principles of nutritional epidemiology as they apply to the study of relationships between diet, nutrition, and health outcomes. It describes the main types of epidemiological studies and their relationships, strengths, and weaknesses; the nature of epidemiological measurements; the relationships between diet and health at international, national, household, and individual level; concepts of validity, reproducibility, calibration, bias, and confounding; and distinguishes between bias, confounding, effect modification, and interaction. Finally, it covers interpretation of findings, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Keywords: validity; reproducibility; confounding; bias; effect modification; systematic review; meta-analysis

Chapter.  16757 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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