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Biologic Studies in Psychiatry

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.003.19

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Series

Biologic Studies in Psychiatry

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Although epidemiologic and biologic researchers share the common goal of finding causes of psychiatric disorders, they approach the task from different vantage points. As a result, they sometimes advocate conflicting approaches to the design of studies. This chapter first takes the perspective of a biologic researcher. It points out the challenge of measuring the brain and how it sets the stage for research designs. It then takes the perspective of an epidemiologist, suggesting that biologic studies can be directly linked to epidemiology through consideration of the biologic factors being investigated within the same framework as other potential causes or risk factors for disease. The chapter shows how two classic biologic studies can be conceptualized as case-control studies.

Keywords: epidemiological research; biologic research; research design; epidemiology; case-control studies

Chapter.  3154 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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