Differential Misclassification

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

Differential Misclassification

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This chapter addresses misclassification of the disease that is linked to the exposure, that is, misclassification of disease that is unequal for the exposed and the unexposed groups. This is the type of misclassification most relevant to cohort studies. It begins by describing common scenarios of differential misclassification in psychiatric research. It then considers the resulting bias and how this can be limited. The chapter also discusses two special cases: third-variable effects and dependent nondifferential misclassification.

Keywords: cohort studies; disease; exposure; psychiatric research; bias; third-variable effects; nondifferential misclassification

Chapter.  4801 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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