What Is a Cause?

Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia and Evelyn J. Bromet

in Psychiatric Epidemiology

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195101812
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864096 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Series

What Is a Cause?

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Risk factor designs are still the most fully developed methods for the investigation of causes. Although new approaches are emerging in the current era, these approaches retain the risk factor paradigm as the basis for epidemiologic investigation in some very important contexts. This chapter discusses the underlying principles that have guided the era of risk factor epidemiology.

Keywords: risk factor epidemiology; psychiatric epidemiology; mental illness; risk factor paradigm

Chapter.  4597 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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