Relationships among Causes

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

Relationships among Causes

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Over the past fifty years, epidemiologists have refined the methods for isolating risk factors and put them to extremely good use. By examining one risk factor at a time, however, we cannot fully understand the etiology of a disease. Causes interact with one another and change one another in a dynamic process. This chapter presents and illustrates an elementary framework for translating ideas about disease causation into a set of predicted relationships among several variables in the web of causation, rather than merely into a predicted relationship between the exposure and the disease.

Keywords: disease causation; causal research; risk factors; causal ideas

Chapter.  5596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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