Choosing Controls

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

Choosing Controls

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This chapter sharpens the focus to a central pitfall of case-control studies in psychiatric research: selecting valid controls. It revisits the logic of control selection and the guideline of balancing the odds. It proposes that this guideline can be used to operationalize the selection of controls in almost any context. It shows a practical application by taking up the problem of control selection in the context of comorbid disorders, a central dilemma for psychiatric case-control studies.

Keywords: case-control studies; psychiatric research; valid controls; logic; control selection

Chapter.  3744 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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